Appeal against a parking fine | Oxfordshire County Council

Appeal against a parking fine

How to contest a notice issued in Oxford, Abingdon or Henley.

If you believe your Penalty Charge Notice was wrongly issued, you can challenge it.

Please note: do not pay the charge if you wish to contest it as challenges cannot be accepted if you have already paid.

If you make your challenge within 14 days of the date when the notice was issued, you will normally have another chance to pay at the 50 per cent discounted rate if your challenge is rejected.

Who to contact

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for:

  • the enforcement of on-street parking and bus lane/gate enforcement in Oxford city
  • the enforcement of on-street resident permit bays and pay-and-display bays in Abingdon-on-Thames and Henley-on-Thames
  • the enforcement at the Thornhill and Water Eaton Park and Rides.

For notices issued in the off-street car parks in Oxford or at either Peartree, Redbridge or Seacourt Park and Rides, please contact Oxford City Council.

If your ticket was issued elsewhere in the county, please contact whoever issued it. Details will be on the back of your notice.

What you will need

There are two types of parking penalties:

  • Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for street parking contraventions or driving through a bus lane/gate restriction in Oxford
  • Excess Charge Notices (ECN) issued for resident permit bays and pay-and-display parking offences in Abingdon-on-Thames and Henley-on-Thames
  • Excess Charge Notices (ECN) issued at the Thornhill and Water Eaton Park and Rides.

If you want to contest a notice, you will need to quote your PCN or ECN number, and the vehicle registration number as shown on the notice.

You can submit up to three documents or images as evidence. Each document or image must be less than 8Mb.

On-street and bus lane PCNs issued in Oxford

For on-street parking or bus lane PCNs, you will need to contest the notice in writing:

More information

If you would like more information about how to contest a notice, contact 0345 337 1138 and choose Option 4  if you would like to enquire about a PCN issued within the last 28 days or Option 5 if you would like to enquire about a Notice to Owner or a bus lane PCN that you have receive.

ECNs issued at the Thornhill or Water Eaton Park and Ride

You will need to contest the ECN in writing:

More information

If you would like more information about how to contest a notice, please contact 0345 337 1138.

ECNs issued in Abingdon or Henley

You will need to contest the notice in writing:

More information

For more information about how to contest a notice, telephone:

  • Abingdon: 01604 625614
  • Henley: 01604 625615

Other types of parking ticket

Please contact whoever issued it. Contact details will be on the back of your notice.

Appealing against a penalty

You can use this online form to contest a PCN or ECN issued in Oxford, Abingdon, Henley or at the Thornhill/Water Eaton Park and Rides.

If you received a penalty notice anywhere else in the county, you will need to contact whoever issued it. Contact details will be on the back of the notice. If the notice was issued in an Oxford city car park off the street you need to contact Oxford City Council.

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Attachments

You can choose to upload three documents and images to support your claim. We accept the following file types: .gif, .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .psd, .png, .pdf, there is a 2MB file limit.

Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml.
Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml.
Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml.
Please contact whoever issued it. Contact details will be on the back of your notice.
This form is only for notices received in Oxford, Abingdon and Henley.

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Oxfordshire County Council will use the information you provide on this form to respond to and process your request. By submitting this form you are consenting to our processing personal information for the purpose of your request. We may share your information with other services to process your request.

The process and what happens next

Parking penalty charge notices

Under statutory legislation, there are three stages to the process of challenging a parking PCN:

  1. Informal challenge
  2. Formal representation
  3. Appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (an independent adjudication service)

If the informal challenge has been rejected, and if the full penalty has not been paid within 28 days, the local authority will find out from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency at Swansea who the registered keeper of the vehicle was at the time of the PCN was issued.  This person will be sent a Notice to Owner.

The Notice to Owner gives a further 28 days either to pay the full penalty charge or make formal representation to the council.  If the council rejects the representation, it will issue a Notice of Rejection enclosing details why the representation was rejected and how to appeal to the independent adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. 

Please note, an independent appeal to the adjudicator cannot be made unless the procedure above has been followed.

Find out more about the Traffic Penalties Tribunal.

Bus lane penalty charge notices

Under statutory legislation, there are two stages to the process of challenging a bus lane PCN:

  1. Formal representation
  2. Appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (an independent adjudication service)

If the council rejects the representation, a Notice of Rejection will be issued with details why the representation was rejected and also on how to appeal to the independent adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. 

Please note, an independent appeal to the adjudicator cannot be made unless the procedure above has been followed.

Find out more about the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

Thornhill and Water Eaton excess charge notices

This process is criminal and follows a path that will lead non-paying drivers to Oxford Magistrates’ Court for the non-payment of the excess charge notice or the registered keeper of the vehicle to the Magistrates Court for failing to nominate drivers.

Under statutory legislation, there are three stages to the process of challenging an ECN:

  1. Informal challenge
  2. Formal representation
  3. Making a case to the Magistrates at Oxford Magistrates Court.

If the informal challenge has been rejected, and if the full penalty has not been paid within 28 days, the local authority will find out from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency at Swansea who the registered keeper of the vehicle was at the time of the PCN was issued.  This person will be sent a Notice to Owner.

The Notice to Owner gives a further 28 days to either to pay the full penalty charge or make representations on the appropriate section of the form. If the representation is rejected, the full charge of £100 is payable.

If payment is not received, the matter is referred to Oxford Magistrates Court and the recipient is liable to a fine and costs if convicted by the court.

Abingdon and Henley excess charge notices

This process is criminal and follows a path that will lead non-paying drivers to Oxford Magistrates’ Court for the non-payment of the excess charge notice or the registered keeper of the vehicle to the Magistrates Court for failing to nominate drivers.

Under statutory legislation, there are three stages to the process of challenging an ECN:

  1. Informal challenge
  2. Formal representation
  3. Making a case to the Magistrates at Oxford Magistrates Court.

If the informal challenge has been rejected, and if the full penalty has not been paid within 28 days, the local authority will find out from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency at Swansea who the registered keeper of the vehicle was at the time of the PCN was issued.  This person will be sent a Notice to Owner.

The Notice to Owner gives a further 28 days to either to pay the full penalty charge or make representations on the appropriate section of the form. If the representation is rejected, the full charge of £40 is payable. 

If payment is not received the matter will be referred to Oxford Magistrates Court and the recipient would be liable to a fine and costs if convicted by the court.

Last reviewed
23 May 2017
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