Many readers will know that I have been in contact with the Chief Executive of NCP about parking penalty tickets that have been issued to a number of residents using the Car Park at St. Peter’s Way. You can read more about the matter using the following two links: https://www.michaelellis.co.uk/news/michael-supports-disabled-drivers-fined-parking and https://www.michaelellis.co.uk/news/michael-wins-penalty-ticket-reprieve-blue-badge-holders.
Due to insufficient signage and a poorly advertised change of rules, many drivers were issued with a penalty, which had particularly affected disabled Blue Badge holders who had previously been able to park for free.
I wrote to the Chief Executive on Tuesday, 9th October having been contacted by one of the Blue Badge Holders who had been issued with a parking charge notice.
Following my letter, NCP announced that they would pay back all of those blue badge holders who had been issued with fines up until Saturday, 13th October.
This was a welcome step, however I felt that NCP should scrap the tickets issued up until the day of their announced decision – Friday, 19th October. I therefore spoke personally to the Chief Executive to ask him to use his discretion to cancel tickets up to that day, and to consider cancelling the multiple tickets that had been issued to users of the nearby facilities such as the gym.
I am now pleased to report that NCP have agreed to extend the cut-off point to Friday, 19th October. Furthermore, non-Blue Badge holders who have been issued with multiple tickets will now only be required to pay one charge where appropriate, and the rest will be written off.
NCP have assured me that they will contact all customers via post to explain these changes directly. I would advise all affected residents to appeal where appropriate as soon as possible.
NCP Car Parks have offered the following advice:
If you have received a PCN at Northampton St Peters Way, and are a blue badge holder:
Please appeal your PCN by visiting: www.NCP.co.uk/PCN
- Select ‘ZP’ and enter your PCN reference number which can be found on your PCN. Then enter your appeal AND attach a clear image of your valid blue badge. NCP can then validate this and subsequently cancel all PCNs which have been issued to your vehicle. Alternatively, you can email Appeals@NCP.co.uk and attach an image of your blue badge.
If you have received a PCN and have already paid a PCN and hold a valid blue badge:
- Please email Appeals@NCP.co.uk and attach an image of your blue badge. NCP can then validate this and subsequently cancel all PCNs which have been issued to your vehicle.
Please include the following in the subject of any appeal email regarding the above:
“Northampton Blue Badge appeal - <Insert PCN reference>, <Insert Vehicle Registration Number>”
If you have received a PCN and aren’t a blue badge holder:
If you have received a PCN, we urge you to go online (www.NCP.co.uk/PCN) and either pay, or appeal your PCN if you feel it has been incorrectly issued (ie. you did pay for your parking). You can also pay your PCN by phone by calling 0333 023 0498 which is our automated payment system. For more information on payments and appeals please view the back of your PCN letter.
If you have received more than 1 PCN up to the 19th October, 1 PCN will still stand and the other PCNs will be/have been cancelled as a gesture of goodwill, and you’ll be receiving a letter confirming this if you haven’t received it already.