During 2021/22 a total of 1,554 car parking penalty charge notices were cancelled on appeal.
The figures were revealed to members of the finance committee last week.
Two weeks ago we ( Causeway Coast Community ) exclusively revealed that we understood 1500+ penalty charge notices (PCN’s) were issued in relation to parking breach regulations throughout the Borough.
Members last Thursday heard how the cancellation of PCN’s Council’s service provider deals with all appeals, and they only cancel PCN’s based on a set of agreed guidelines.
For example, if someone produces a pay and display (P&D) ticket that was valid for the time they received a PCN then the PCN will be cancelled on one occasion within a 12-month period. If they were to appeal again based on the same reason their appeal will be denied.
Also, if someone receives a PCN for parking in a disabled bay without a valid disabled badge on display they may appeal and state that they forget to display, or it fell of the dashboard etc. Likewise, this PCN will be cancelled on one occasion within a 12-month period.
If the individual has an appeal rejected by Council’s service provider, they have the right to progress the appeal to either be heard by an independent adjudicator or in relation to East Strand private land car park progress to POPLA (Parking On Private Land Appeals).
Each PCN issued is a £90.00 penalty and is reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
1,554 PCN’s have the potential value of £139,860.00.
1,554 PCN’s paid at the reduced rate of £45.00 have the potential value of £69,930.
Council incurs a processing fee with each PCN issued so the actual cost to Council for the processing of the 1,554 cancelled PCN’s is £14,763.