PCN Scam Emails: There is a scam email being sent purporting to be from HMCTS (Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunal Service) regarding Fixed Penalty Notices.
Please note the Courts do not issue Fixed Penalty Notices; and Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Charge Notices are never sent by email.
This has been reported to the British Parking Association who are making the various agencies aware of this scam.
Should you receive an email from HMCTS purporting to be in relation to a Fixed Penalty Notice please do not click on the links.
Penalty Charge Notice explained (PCN)
Sample Regulation 9 Penalty Charge Notice:
Regulation 10 Penalty Charge Notices in Adur and Worthing On and Off Street explained
Whereas most Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for parking contraventions are affixed to a vehicle or handed to the driver (see Regulation 9 PCN above), Regulation 10 of the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General Regulations allows a PCN to be sent in the post to the registered keep/owner of a vehicle if the Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) was unable to affix the notice to the vehicle or hand it to the driver at the time of the contravention.
How is a Regulation 10 PCN issued?
The Council will obtain the registered keeper/owners details from DVLA in order for the notice to be served by post in the following circumstances:
- If the CEO attempted to serve the PCN by affixing it to the vehicle but was prevented from doing so by someone, or
- If the CEO was unable to serve the PCN due to the vehicle being driven away
Why introduce Regulation 10 PCNs?
Before the introduction of the Regulation 10 PCN, motorists who prevented a PCN being served by driving away or those who were threatening towards a CEO were avoiding any penalty.
However, Regulation 10 PCNs which are sent in the post demonstrate that anyone committing a parking contravention is subject to the same enforcement and this should promote increased compliance with regulations.
It is considered that the adoption of the power to issue Regulation 10 PCNs will reduce the number of evaded PCNs and improve compliance with the parking regulations. This will contribute to improved road safety, reduce public transport journey times and less congestion. They will also support the CEOs, particularly in cases when the PCN cannot be affixed because a driver is abusive.
Sample Regulation 10 Penalty Charge Notice: