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Freedom of Information request - Example PCN and Contravention Definitions

Request ID: FOI-1606-1819
Date published: 02 October 2018

You asked

I would be grateful you would provide the following information to me under current Freedom of Information Legislation: 1) The definitions and descriptions for Contravention Codes 13 and 17. 2) An example Penalty Charge Notice for Contravention Codes 13 and 17. 3) The codes, definitions and descriptions of any other Contraventions enforced by TfL (e.g. Red Routes, T-Charge etc.) and an example Penalty Charge Notice for each.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-1606-1819/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14 September 2018 asking for information about Penalty Charge Notices and Contravention Definitions.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

While there is no requirement for us to do so, when we issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), we use the contravention codes and descriptions published by the London Councils, which are available on their website at: As the Highway Authority responsible for management of the red route in London, we have the power to issue a PCN for any of the contraventions listed in the London Councils document.

Examples of all the PCNs we issue are in the attached zip file . For parking, bus lane and moving traffic offences, the contravention type, and therefore the contravention description to be used in the PCN, is identified by the issuing officer.

Please refer to the attached example PCNs for the contravention descriptions we use when we issue PCNs for non-payment of the Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone charge. Please be aware that as the T-Charge forms part of the Congestion Charge scheme and a single PCN will be issued for non-payment of the Congestion Charge scheme as a whole.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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