Welcome to www.PenaltyChargeNotice.co.uk
May 2013 : PenaltyChargeNotice.co.uk was recently featured on BBC Watchdog.
The team investigated the rise of council parking fines, and claims of illegal tickets. Watch the Parking Ticket BBC Watchdog feature.
We are the most comprehensive and up-to-date site in the country dedicated to helping the motorist fight unfair and sometimes illegally issued penalty charge notices and parking tickets. We deal with all of England and Wales and cover both council issued and privately issued tickets.
We cover parking tickets, bus lane tickets, congestion charge tickets and moving traffic tickets such as yellow boxes and prohibited turns.Around 20,000 new motorists every month use our website to assist with appealing their penalty charge notices.The site is very easy to navigate and contains photos, summarised adjudicator's decisions, diagrams and information on sprecific contraventions (offences) alleged to have been committed to assist a motorist in appealling.
We are certainly not against parking enforcement which is essential but we are against local authorities enforcing with poor signage, enforcing minor transgressions and overzealous and sometimes illegal enforcement. We also think that with a council gets it wrong then they should refund.
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4 GREAT TIPS TO SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY
TIP: You usually have NOTHING TO LOSE by sending in an initial appeal if you think you have been unfairly ticketed as every council that we have contacted will give you another 14 days to pay at the reduced rate even if they reject your appeal.
TIP: Never stop on zig zag lines, thick yellow lines at bus stops or double red lines on red routes. There are literally thousands of cameras aimed at these areas. Councils will not even allow you 5 seconds. You can stop to drop off a passenger on single and double yellow lines of which there are usually plenty.
TIP: Be very careful about stopping at cash points as even if you don't see a civil enforcement officer the chances are that a camera will be trained on you. Cash points provide rich pickings for cash strapped local authorities.
TIP: Be careful about parking on speed tables. Councils like Newham in London have started enforcing parking on speed tables as they say they are actualy the carriageway raised to meet the level of the pavement so people can cross the road. A speed table is like a road hump but at the top it has a flat area.STOP PRESS 1st June. We assisted a lady on this and she has just won her case at adjudication. Details on our page under contravention code 28.
30/05/2012: Watch us on bbc.co.uk/news
A proud council employee. Many of these vehicles have been found to be issuing tickets illegally.
For all the latest news see our news section. latest stories
Islington Council penalty charge notices rules illegal by an adjudicator (see parking section)
Westminster council's own figures show they are issuing £250,000 of fines in each of their new "Super Bays" (see news section)
Traffic warden in Shropshire jailed (see news section)
We also deal with private parking tickets.(SEE OUR NEW PRIVATE LAND ENFORCEMENT SECTION) Clamping and towing on private land was banned from 1st October 2012. However the government has continued its war on the motorist by introducing keeper liability for private parking tickets. It has also set up a new "independent" private parking appeals service. However the chief adjudicator for England and Wales critised the service as not being independent.
June 2013 New guidance on the use of CCTV cameras for traffic enforcement has just been issued by the Home Office. See our CCTV section for more information
A motorist in London has won an appeal against Westminster City Council, the country's biggest enforcer of parking restrictions. He had parked in a disabled bay but said he didn't actually receive a parking ticket. The adjudicator did not believe him and said his account of what happend wasn't credible. Westminster council said that they affixed the penalty charge notice to his window. So why did the motorist win?
His vehicle was a motorbike with no windows! Westminster council was even less credible!
Received a Penalty Charge Notice? We Can Help
Simply search for your contravention code in the box above for instant help on why you have received a penalty charge notice and how to have it cancelled.
The contravention code is usually next to the decription of the contravention (offence).i.e.contravention code 01 "parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours" or contravention code 50 "failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibited turn".
If your penalty charge notice does not have a code then click on the button "select a description from the list" at the top of the page and select the contravention (offence) that matches that on your penalty charge notice.
Much of the information on our site is FREE but for around the cost of an hour's parking in central London you will have full access to the entire site. The information is clearly set out and very easy to navigate. We will show you the rules that enforcing authorities should also follow and many grounds upon which you could have your penalty charge notice cancelled.. The information is set out for each offence (contravention) so just choose the contravention that you have received a penalty charge notice for and follow the simple 3 stage process. If there is a way to have your parking ticket or penalty charge notice cancelled it is probably on our site. We constantly update the site with the latest adjudicator's decisions and a tremendous amount of other information that we are constantly fed. Members can also use our email helpline if they have a specific question. Also you will be helping us in our relentless campaign to have this totally unfair system changed.(see about us and what we do in the left hand menu for more information) Support us and join today!
We have campaigned on behalf of motorists for over 12 years to have the current unfair and, in our opinion revenue orientated enforcement of parking and moving traffic offences by local councils and transport for London changed. Click the link in the left hand menu for more about us and what we do.
The good news – The Transport Minister acknowledges that there is an issue on parking enforcement
28 June 2010
“Can I recommend that Mr Pearson might like to set out in a letter his suggestions to restore fairness and hold local authorities to account, which I would be happy for you to forward on to me for my consideration.”
Norman Baker Transport Minister
The bad news –he has a change of heart and confirms that councils can actually break the law if they like!
25th November 2010
(The Department of Transport) "would not intervene to ensure that an individual local authority’s operational or policy decisions comply with the law".
Norman Baker Transport Minister
SOME GENUINE TESTIMONIALS RECEIVED RECENTLY.
Check out more genuine tesimonials in our testimonials section
We have evidence of unfair and sometimes illegal enforcement by local authorities. We have had some successes along the way. We are often on BBC news and in the local and national press highlighting areas where enforcement is being carried out unfairly and sometimes illegally. The government know what is going on and “sympathise” but “we have no powers to intervene” says former transport minister Rosie Winterton. This was reiterated by her successor Geoff Hoon. Both the previous government and this Government are completely uninterested in halting the persecution of the motorist and as a result local councils can act with total impunity.Many councils ignore the statutory guidance issued by the government as well as the strict signage and lineage requirements.
We will continue to lobby on behalf of motorists for a fairer regime but we are bitterly disappointed at the response so far. Many motorists believe that we are in a police state with hidden cameras or traffic wardens hiding around corners just waiting to catch a minor transgression of the rules by a motorist in the name of revenue.We welcome donations to help fund our continued campaign on behalf of the motorist.
For details of the latest stories go to our news section.
For further details on what we do and also what is going on see the about us section.
We have campaigned on behalf of motorists for over 10 years to have the current unfair and, in our opinion revenue orientated enforcement of parking and moving traffic offences by local councils and transport for London changed.
We have evidence of unfair and often illegal enforcement by enforcement authorities. We have had some successes along the way. We are often on BBC news, Radio 5, 3 counties and are often in the local and national press highlighting arrears where enforcement is being carried out unfairly and sometimes illegally. Many motorists believe that we are in a police state with hidden cameras or traffic wardens hiding around corners just waiting to catch a minor transgression of the rules by a motorist in the name of revenue.
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