FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

11 March 2019

I"m looking to collect some stats for a research project I"m currently doing. The aim is to see if challenges to on-spot local council penalty charge notices (PCNs) for parking fines are impacted by the method of communication used between councils and drivers/vehicle-owners. In particular, I"m interested to see if challenges are resolved differently when challengers are in contact via post, or when challengers are in contact online and request to receive further information via post.

 

I"d really appreciate any help you can provide. I have attached a spreadsheet in order to receive the data, though I would happily receive the data in any format.

 

The fields that I am looking for are:

  • Number of PCNs issued by your council in 2018 (or in the last twelve-month period for which data exists, since 2015)
  • Number of PCNs from the above category which were challenged
  • Number of the above challenges which were made online, by post, or by other means (itemised)
  • Number of the above challenged PCNs in each category which were upheld by the Council, and the number of the above challenged PCNs in which category which were not upheld/cancelled by the Council


East Herts Council Response

11 March 2019

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

12 March 2019

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

The Council publishes an annual report which shows all the PCN data available. This can be found on our website at https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/parkingreports and will give you figures from when East Herts Council took over the responsibility of enforcement of Penalty Charge Notices from Hertfordshire Constabulary 

We do not hold records of the number of challenges to PCN"s only those that are subsequently withdrawn

We do not hold records of the method by which the challenge to the PCN was sent

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.