Parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice) challenges,
representations and appeals
How to challenge a parking fine (Penalty Charge
Notice) only when it has been affixed to the vehicle or handed
to the person who appears to be the driver of the vehicle.
Initial challenges for penalty charge notices must be made in
writing by one of the following methods and all challenges must be
made within 14 days of the penalty charge notice being issued.
An informal challenge can be made in the following ways:
- Send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will acknowledge receipt of the challenge.
- Write to the address stated on the penalty charge notice.
- Fax it to: (01733) 453547
- Use our online form to submit the challenge to us.
If your challenge is successful we will cancel the penalty
charge notice and we will write to you to advise you of this, the
service will follow the write-off & cancellation Policy. If
your challenge is rejected we will also write to you to advise you
of this, however please note that payment at the discounted rate
(either £35 or £25 depending on the contravention) is only
available for 14 days from the issue of the penalty charge notice,
this period may not be extended due to a challenge
If no payment is received after 28 days (and also allowing up to
5 days for payments to be applied due to any postal delays), we
will send the registered keeper of the vehicle a Notice to Owner
(NtO) which provides a final chance to pay the Penalty Charge
Notice. This NtO however does allow a formal representation to be
made against the issue of the Penalty Charge Notice. You may at
this stage make a formal representation to the council but the
discounted payment is no longer available.
Formal representation & traffic penalty tribunal
If your formal representation against the
penalty charge notice is accepted the penalty charge notice will be
cancelled and we will write to you to advise you of this. If your
representation is rejected we will advise you in writing of the
rejection and you will be required to pay the full charge amount
(either £50 or £70 depending on the contravention). We will also
send a form that allows you to appeal to an independent tribunal
where a solicitor will examine your case. No charge is made for
this. The decision by the adjudicator is final and binding on both
If you lose your appeal at tribunal or do not pay the notice to
Normally 28 days (plus 2 days to allow for
posting 1st Class) after we have sent you the Notice to Owner
(which will have a payment deadline date printed upon it), we will
issue a charge certificate. The penalty charge notice will have
increased by 50% at this stage. You have no right of appeal at this
If the penalty charge notice remains unpaid
the charge will be registered as a debt at the Traffic Enforcement
Centre. Certificated bailiffs will then be in receipt of a warrant
for recovery and additional charges due to the bailiff will be
incurred, which can be significantly higher than the original
penalty charge notice amount.