How to challenge a penalty charge notice

You can find the reasons for challenging a PCN on the Traffic Penalty Tribunal website.

We will issue a penalty charge notice (PCN) to any motorist who does not comply with the relevant parking regulations.

If you challenge a PCN within the 14 day reduced rate period and we reject your challenge, we may extend the period within which the reduced rate penalty charge can be paid.

You can’t appeal a PCN if you have paid it because payment is taken to be an acceptance of the notice.

There are two stages of challenge – informal and formal representation:

  • an informal challenge is made when a PCN has been attached to your vehicle and before we issue a ‘Notice to Owner’ letter
  • a formal representation is made after a ‘Notice to Owner’ letter has been sent to you.

When challenging a PCN please make sure you include your name, address and contact details so that we can reply.

Informal challenge online

Use our online system to make an informal challenge. You’ll need to enter the PCN number and your vehicle registration number. You’ll then be able to view the photographs or videos taken of the vehicle and make an appeal.

You should clearly state the reason you want to challenge the fine and supply any evidence you have to support you.

Formal representation online

If you have received a Notice to Owner letter from us you will need to make a formal representation. Please enter the PCN number on our online system. You’ll then be able to view photographs associated with this appeal which will help you make your formal challenge.

You should clearly state the reason you want to place a formal representation against the fine and supply any evidence you have to support you.

Making a challenge by post

You can also  make an informal challenge or formal representation by writing to us. We do not accept verbal challenges.

You should clearly state the reason you want to challenge the fine and supply any evidence you have to support you.

parking services

North Somerset Council, Parking Services, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ

If your representation is rejected we’ll send you a notice of rejection with information on the appeals process and a form you can use if you want to appeal.

The appeal will be dealt with by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, an independent body who will make a final decision that is then binding.

Reasons for challenging a PCN

You can find the reasons for challenging a PCN on the Traffic Penalty Tribunal website.