If the penalty charge is not paid we will issue a Notice to Owner.
The purpose of this is to ensure that the penalty charge notice was received by the vehicle owner and to remind the vehicle owner that payment in full is now due and if it is not paid within a further 28 days it may be increased.
The NTO is a formal notice which states the details of the vehicle concerned, the contravention, the amount of the penalty due, the date by which it should be paid or formal representations made and the statutory grounds upon which representations may be made.
The form covers all the details necessary to guide the owner to make a decision about whether to pay or make a formal representation, as laid down in the Civil Enforcement of Parking Regulations (England) Representations and Appeals Regulations 2007.
The 9 statutory grounds upon which representations may be made are:
- The contravention did not occur
- The motorist was not the owner/keeper of the vehicle at the time of the contravention
- The vehicle had been taken without owner’s consent
- The owner is a hire company and can provide evidence of hirer having signed to accept responsibility for contraventions during the hire period
- The penalty exceeded the relevant amount
- That there had been a procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority
- The Traffic Order was invalid
- The penalty charge has already been paid
If a formal representation is rejected you have the right to appeal against the Notice of Rejection to an independent adjudicator within 28 days of the date of service of the Notice of Rejection.
Adjudicators are wholly independent and have the discretion in appropriate circumstances to consider an appeal, the grounds for which are the same as those for formal representations above.
The adjudicator’s decision is final.
You can appeal by visiting the tribunal’s website www.trafficpenaltytribunal.gov.uk/appeal. The website explains what the adjudicator can consider and how to appeal. There is no charge for appealing and costs are not normally awarded.