fixed penalty notice

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fixed penalty notice

a notice that offers the alleged offender the opportunity to pay a fine, in which case the matter is not prosecuted, thereby sparing the offender a conviction and saving time and expense. The alleged offender has the option to proceed to refuse and be charged with the offence.
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As well as being issued with a penalty charge notice, additional release charges will apply.
That's why it's an offence under and can land you with a PS20 penalty charge notice.
In more than 20 years of driving through this area I have only ever seen a penalty charge notice (PNC) on a car.
Middlesbrough Council says motorists are frequently acquiring multiple free tickets to extend their stay, despite clear warnings this can incur a penalty charge notice.
Parked where we always park on Silver Street, Aspley, to be confronted by a Penalty Charge notice stuck on my windscreen for PS70.
He concluded that no hearing was required in Mr Stocker's case, but suggested that the council review the instructions given to its civil enforcement officers in this situation, indicating his view that they should inform a police officer of the offence rather than issue a penalty charge notice.
Janet Jones, from Cheylesmore, was left confused when 28 letters from Coventry City Council arrived on her doorstep, each of them a penalty charge notice for PS60.
She said: "Along with many others, I received a penalty charge notice for parking in Burrows Place in an area which is apparently a loading bay but for which I did not see any of the usual signs.
South Lanarkshire Council said: "We pursued this case as Ms Jack previously had a penalty charge notice cancelled for the same reason and had been advised that if it happened again it would be pursued.
John Bradbury, Wrexham council's Head of Environment, said: "The penalty charge notice issued to Mr Cosgrove''s vehicle was cancelled as the kerb markings where the vehicle was parked were invalid.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport said they would fight the claims - adding that, even if the Act had been breached, it "did not believe this would have any effect on the validity of a Penalty Charge Notice.