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The Penalty Exceeds the Applicable Amount

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I tend to be an advocate of using the statutory ground for appeal that "The penalty exceeds the applicable amount" as something of a "catch all" particularly in cases where the challenge is that the PCN, NTO or any part of the enforcement process is or are claimed to be flawed but may not fit into the narrow scope of "procedural impropriety".


Not everyone agrees with this approach.


However, I have now tracked down the PATAS decision that first led me to think this way. It is Elaine Patricia Lavall -v- London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Case No: 2040135996 which is a review case and as such should carry more weight. In the decision it is stated by Martin Wood (who I believe at some time was appointed chief adjudicator:


8. As to the argument that the circumstances do not fall within one of the statutory grounds for contesting liability in paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 6 to the 1991 Act, they seem to me to fall within ground (f): that the penalty charge exceeded the amount applicable in the circumstances of the case. If the PCN was not valid, the penalty payable would be nil and therefore would exceed the penalty claimed by the local authority.


The full text can be seen here:



I hope some people find this helpful.


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Personally, I disagree with the adjudicator on what the phrase means, but as a line of appeal, this is no doubt going to be useful for people to cite - so thanks for digging it out.

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