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FOI 8768

Penalty Charge Notices

Request

For the purposes of this request 'documents' includes but is not limited to letters, memoranda internal or otherwise, notes, notes of meetings, minutes, e-mails, e-mail attachments and images, photographs, video film in any format. Please include all documents relating to details of policy, procedures, decision-making, reports, minutes of meetings.

Please Note: The abbreviation 'PCN' has been used to refer to 'Penalty Charge Notices' issued under decriminalised parking legislation. If you have not implemented the Traffic Management Act 2004 or In Scotland The Road Traffic Act 1991 and are issuing Fixed Penalty Charge Notices for parking contraventions please give your answers by reference to the number of Fixed Penalty Charge Notices.
Could you please supply me with the following information and documents:-
The number of PCNs issued
The number of PCNs cancelled at the first informal appeal.
The number of PCNs cancelled after the formal appeal.
The number of PCNs cancelled after a hearing before a parking adjudicator or in the case of Fixed Penalties a magistrates court
PCNs cancelled after the appeals went to the parking adjudicator but before a hearing.
For each stage:
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person with a residents' permit.
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person with a disabled badge.
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person who is an employee.
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a council contractor with a residents' permit.
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person not in the above category.
(a) Does the council allow and consider letters of support from the managers of employees who have received a parking fine
(b) Does the council have any current serving employees under active investigation for submitting a false parking fine appeal ?
(c) Does the council allow the managers of its car parking department or parking enforcement department and/or the department or team which investigates the misuse of disabled to submit letters of support on behalf of council employees who have received a parking fine.

Response

Brentwood Borough Council only holds the data you have requested in part.
In responding to your enquiry I have produced the following table of information.

Your question 2012 - 2013 2013 -2014
The number of PCNs issued 1,412 1,451
The number of PCNs cancelled at the first informal appeal. 169 167
The number of PCNs cancelled after the formal appeal. 4 0
The number of PCNs cancelled after a hearing before a parking adjudicator or in the case of Fixed Penalties a magistrates court. 1 0
PCNs cancelled after the appeals went to the parking adjudicator but before a hearing. 0 0
For each stage:
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person with a residents' permit. No records are held No records are held
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person with a disabled badge. No records are held No records are held
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person who is an employee. No records are held No records are held
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a council contractor with a residents' permit. No records are held No records are held
The number of PCNs cancelled where the PCN was issued to a person not in the above category. See above See above
(a) Does the council allow and consider letters of support from the managers of employees who have received a parking fine. Yes* Yes*
(b) Does the council have any current serving employees under active investigation for submitting a false parking fine appeal ? No No
(c) Does the council allow the managers of its car parking department or parking enforcement department and/or the department or team which investigates the misuse of disabled to submit letters of support on behalf of council employees who have received a parking fine. Yes* Yes*

* The Council does not differentiate between employees, contractors or any category of driver. Mitigation is always considered on the basis of reasonableness and this may include an employer, doctor, dentist, police etc confirming the mitigating circumstances put forward by the person who has received the PCN.