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What do you do if you return to your vehicle and you see the dreaded notice under the wiper? Well, you should certainly consider appealing. There will be details of how to do this on the PCN Penalty Cahrge Notice) and on the local council's website. It will normally mean writing a letter to explain the circumstances surrounding the issue of the penalty. Surprisingly, the vast majority of people pay their tickets without appealing.
The message is if you don't succeed try again. Most councils will offer three stages of appeal. So if you aren't successful you should make a second attempt. This is called a representation and will be dealt with at the full price of the penalty. Many people win their representations but if you aren't one of these then take your case to a Traffic Penalty Tribunal. You can't take the case to court because it is decriminalised, instead you will attend a tribunal which is overseen by a solicitor. The proceedings are entirely independent of the council and more than sixty per cent of people win their cases –so try.
If you have some mitigating circumstances like a medical reason, emergency work or any circumstances beyond your control you should almost certainly file an appeal. This will have even more chance of success if you can provide some kind of evidence to support your case. Beware trying to appeal your case on minor technicalities some of the common reasons given for appeal aren't correct. It's worth looking at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal website because they publish previously heard cases. This will give you a steer when it comes to appealing.