What a busy week. 55 PCN were cancelled, 48 were upheld and one is in limbo whilst the council to decide if they will follow the recommendation to cancel. A 53% win rate, which is lower than usual.
Some of the PCN were cancelled for the following reasons:
- the council were unable to show sufficient records about what was paid for by phone
- there was no proof it was an event day (3 times)
- council evidence was uncertain in 2 separate cases
- a PCN from 19/4/11 was too old to pursue
- an offence that lasted more than 24 hours was treated as one continuous offence
- a suspension sign written in ink was washed away
- the vehicle in the bus lane was an 8 seater (don't rely on this one)
- there hadn't been an offer of violence before a driveaway that led to a postal PCN
- a car with a for sale sign within it is not committing an offence
- the evidence pack was sent to the wrong address
- the case summary was not of assistance
- a 9 seater in the bus lane (3 times - still don't rely on this)
- unclear photographs and no other real evidence
- sign obscured by bins
- foot way not obviously dropped for one of the usual 3 reasons
So this week turned out to be about the same for motorists as if everyone had paid the 50% within the first 14 days although the council had to spend £4,000 in fees to PATAS who manage the adjudication process so they were definitely worse off. If you had missed the 14 days in which to pay the 50% then you as a motorist might as well always take your case to PATAS as it is just a question of a simple form to complete which might lead to you paying £nil if you win and the full amount of the ticket if you lose which you were by then liable for in any event.
If in doubt, appeal.