Yellow Crested Traffic Vultures

The High Court case was to do with Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) not Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). PCNs are issued by Parking Attendants in areas where parking offences have been decriminalised and by Traffic Wardens in London for Red Route offences.

PCNs, except where enforcement by CCTV is in operation, must be handed to the driver or fixed to the vehicle at the time of the offence to be valid. In the case of enforcement by CCTV a PCN, along with the opportunity to pay the reduced penalty, is issued by post.

FPNs are issued by Police or Traffic Wardens and are valid whether or not they’re fixed to the vehicle or handed to the driver.

Posted under Tolls, Charges & Fines

Posted by Alec at 10:51 am, July 29, 2007

1 Comment so far

  1. Alec added on  July 29th, 2007 at 11:40

    Yes there is. Councils can’t summons anyone for a parking offence. Parking is decriminalised in most of the country now which means it can only be dealt with through the PCN system. And the law says that a PCN has to be handed to the driver or fixed to the vehicle at the time of the offence for it to be valid.

    If it was an area where parking offences haven’t been decriminalised then the registered keeper of the vehicle will receive a FPN or possibly even a NIP through the post within 14 days if he drives away.

    The lack of basic knowledge demonstrated by this ‘vulture’ suggests that it was probably a Parking Attendant rather than a Traffic Warden in which case the PCN system applies.

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