Have you been sent a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for allgedly stopping in a box junction? Are you feeling mad? Read this, it might help.
If you need help fending off bailiffs then read this post.
Do not be afraid to challenge the PCN
A challenge is in two stages:
1. You “make representation” against the PCN to the local council that issued the PCN. They then write back and cancel the PCN or reject your representation.
2. Assuming they reject your initial challenge you can then appeal to the Parking And Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS). This is an independent tribunal where you will get a fair hearing by an adjudicator.
The odds are you will win if you appeal
Less than 1% of people sent a ticket appeal. If you appeal the odds are about 3:2 in your favour. A lot of the time local councils do not contest appeals because it is cheaper to loose £100 than spend say £500 on a challenge. PATAS is funded by a 65p levy on every PCN issued. The more contests, the higher the levy.
The Local Councils make mistakes
CCTV enforcement of box junctions is relatively new and a lot of councils are having trouble complying with the law. The chances are they have made a mistake somewhere. The box junction itself may not be legal, or the wording of the PCN may not be correct. They are still learning, and a lot of the time it is us ‘victims’ that are doing the teaching.
Help is at hand
It’s mainly down to self-help. I am willing to assist and I am always on the lookout for test cases, but you will have to do some of the legwork – and be prepared to take a risk. There is no ‘magic bullet’ (yet); we are still accumulating a case history. Leave a message below and I will get back to you.
Some other sites that might be of help are:
Fightback Forums (leave a message in the Parking Tickets Forum)
Let me know if these are any good and if you find others.