Appeal against a bus lane Penalty Charge Notice
You have two opportunities to challenge a bus lane Penalty Charge Notice. If you pay your bus lane fine whilst your appeal is being considered, your case will be closed and this will bring the appeals process to an end.
Stage 1 - Formal appeal to Bury Council
You have 28 days to make an appeal. If you appeal within 14 days of the bus lane ticket being issued, and your appeal is rejected you will be given another 14 days to pay the fine at the reduced rate of 50%.
Stage 2 - Further appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal
If we reject your application, you have a further right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal will not be able to able to look at your case until we have written to you to say your appeal with Bury Council has been unsuccessful.
Reasons for appeals
There are legal grounds for appealing against a Penalty Charge Notice.
- The offence did not occur. For example:
- the road signs and road markings were wrong
- the events alleged did not happen
- The vehicle was owned by someone else at the time. We will need to see proof that you had either
- sold the vehicle before the date of the offence, and who you sold it to, or
- bought it after the date of the date the ticket was issued.
- The vehicle was hired to somebody else at the time under a formal hiring agreement. We will need to see a copy of the hire agreement, which shows that the hirer had accepted liability for penalty charges.
- The vehicle was parked after it had been stolen or taken without your consent. We will need to see evidence that this has been reported to the Police.
- The Penalty Charge is more than the amount properly due. This means we have asked for more than we are entitled to under the relevant regulations.
- The traffic order under which the notice was issued was invalid. Bus lane notices are issued under bylaws created by the Council, which specify restrictions. In this case you would need to argue that the Council had not followed the proper statutory steps in making the order.