When is a PCN not a PCN?

13 June 2007  •  Author(s): Patrick Troy, Head of Traffic Enforcement, Transport for London

Currently in the UK a Penalty Charge Notice’s validity depends on who is issuing it and how it is issued, according to a recent ruling at the High Court.

If one of our camera enforcement officers observes a motorist stopping illegally on a red route, he or she will issue the PCN by post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

However, if one of our parking attendants observes the same contravention, the motorist can escape the penalty if he or she manages to drive away from the scene before the PCN is either affixed to the car or handed to the driver.

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