Disputing a bus lane PCN within 14 days of issue date
If you wish to dispute your bus lane PCN you should do so within 14 days of the date of issue. Your PCN will then be put on hold at the discounted amount of £65. If the council responds to you and declines your challenge you will still have the option to pay £65 for a further 14 days only.
Disputing your bus lane PCN 14 days after the issue date
After 14 days the PCN will have progressed to its full charge of £130. If you wish to dispute your PCN at the full charge amount (£130) you can do so but only on limited grounds as listed on the reverse of your PCN. Your case will be put on hold pending a decision. If your challenge is declined you will be advised of the next stage and be asked to pay £130.
Disputing your bus lane PCN 28 days after the issue date
After 28 days an enforcement notice form (ENF) will be issued to the person Ealing Council believes to be the registered keeper of the vehicle. If you wish to make representation at the full charge amount (£130) you can do so but only on limited grounds as listed on the reverse of your enforcement notice. Your case will be put on hold pending the outcome.
If your representation is rejected, you will receive a notice of rejection letter with your notice of appeals form (NOA) for the independent adjudicator parking and traffic appeals service (PATAS). Your case will be put on hold as soon as PATAS receive your forms and notify us of this, should you decide to appeal.
However if you do neither, the case will progress and charges will increase.
After 28 days the case will progress to charge certificate stage. You will receive the charge certificate in the post. The charge will be increased by 50% to £195. You have no right of appeal at this stage, you can either pay within 14 days of the issue of this notice or wait for the order for recovery and statutory declaration forms to be sent, at this stage your case will be registered with Northampton County Court* as an unpaid charge. The case will then increase by £7 as this is the court charge for registering the case. The amount to be paid will then be £202.
At this stage you must make a payment within 21 days or file the statutory declaration with Northampton County Court. You can only appeal on limited grounds on the statutory declaration:
did not receive the enforcement notice
made a representation and did not receive a rejection
made an appeal to PATAS but did not receive a response
If you do not file the statutory declaration or make payment within 21 days then Ealing Council will request Northampton County Court to issue a warrant of execution, the case is then passed to Collect Services Limited our bailiff company. You will need to contact them on 0844 811 7969 to arrange payment.
You may however file an out of time statutory declaration to Northampton County Court after the 21 days. You will only be able to file this declaration if your reason for not filing the statutory declaration within the 21 days timescale is satisfactory.
Northampton County Court will then decide if they will accept your statutory declaration after the 21 days timescale has expired.
To view a video recording
You can view traffic contravention video clips and images online at the View My PCN website if your PCN contravention date is on or after 14 November 2011. You will need your vehicle registration number and PCN reference number to view the video evidence online.
If your PCN contravention date is before 14 November 2011, you can still obtain a recording or images by writing to Ealing Council, Parking Services, PO Box 46264, London, W5 2UN or emailing email@example.com. Please quote your PCN number and Video viewing in the subject field.
* Northampton County Court is the only county court in the country which deals with PCNs.