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Yes I did. They said it affects my "good character requirements" lolakhurshid wrote:Sorry to hear about your refusal.
Did HO explain why it is being turned down? did you declare it on application form?
They took your £1k and banned you for 10 years for a congestion charge (that you declared too)? There are no words. It's actually frightening to the ppl applying since they might nitpick whatever they can get their hands on as a reason not just good character requirements either. Maybe some bad press over this might do something, your banned for 10 years so you have nothing to lose (imo).Serina26 wrote:Yes I did. They said it affects my "good character requirements" lol
ban.s wrote:3 years from the Traffic Appelate Authority decision date so effectively 2 years from now.
If it's FPN or PCN - which are not conviction - then usually multiple offerences lead to refusal.
In this case it was considered as conviction not an offence.
ban.s wrote:Agree. I misinterpreted Traffic Appelate Authority with Immigration Appellate Authority ...infact there is no entity as Traffic Appelate Authority ...for London parking and traffic it's PATAS.
so can you post the exact reason for refusal?
perhaps you can apply to reconsider the decision?
I didjabajaw wrote:did you declare the FPN in your application?
Serina26 wrote:Sorry if I'mposting to ask a question and not to provide an answer.
My application was turned dow because of a congestion charge that I appealed.
1. On 15th July I entered the congestion charge to visit a clinic in central london. This was to sort out the final preparations (sign paperwork, consent forms, etc) related to an important (invasive) surgery I was due to have early the next day. This surgery was vital for me. It required overnight hospitalisation
After my visit to the clinic, I drove back home, packed my suitcase and went to bed very early as I had be up at 5:30 for I to be at hospital at 7am in the next morning. In the process it slipped my mind that I had to pay for congestion charge. I was very anxious and nervous; I had a lot on my mind as - just like all other surgeries- I had to go through this one on my own, for I don't have anyone in this country to take care of me post surgery.
While waiting for surgery early morning in my operating gown, I remembered I had to make a payment. I run to my locker and tried make a payment on my mobile phone but my phone internet connection was not very good in the hospital building. I tried to make a payment but had a few error messages coming up on the screen. I could not call congestion charge to make a payment over the phone as it was quite early in the morning and they were still not open. I went through surgery that day. It lasted about 8 hours, during which I was under general anaestehia. I woke up feeling very drowsy and sick, unable to move. The following day, I got discharged late afternoon and -despite the dizziness and drownsiness caused by the powerful general anesthesia- I called Congestion charge as soon as I got back home. I was told the 48 hours allowed to make a payment for the CT had lapsed and that I had to wait for the penalty charge to arrive in the post to be able to ask for a reconsideration. I tried to explain that due to my surgery circumstances, I was not in a position to make a payment for most of the 48 hours allowed to make a payment and that I should be given an extension of 24 hours for my extenuating circumstances. But the operator advised there was nothing that could be done,; that I had to wait until I received the penalty in the post before I could ask for it to be reconsidered.
On the same day I received the penalty, I wrote the Congestion Charge explaining my circumstances (see attached evidence on 24th July 2013), but they dismissed it. I ten was given the OPTION to appeal it to the Traffic Appelate Authority.
Since I genuinely felt I had a fair case, I referred the matter to the Traffic Appelate Authority by completing the necessary forms and posting them. I did this on the same day I received the response (within the time frame allowed). However the my appeal was turned down and I had to pay. However, in the decision letter, the adjudicator stated he did not rule on any malice intent (This was stated in the decision letter); that he could only dismiss the penalty if:
(a) The appelant was not the registered keeper of the vehicle at the time of the contravention.
(b) The relevant charge was paid at the time and in the manner required
(c)No penalty is payable under the congestion charging scheme.
(d) The vehicle was used without the consent of the registered keeper.
(e) The penalty charge exceeded the amount applicable in the circumstances of the case
(d) The appelant if a vehicle-hire firm
Not only I accepted th the adjudicator's decision and I made a payment to Congestion Charge straight away, but I also set up Auto-Pay with them so that in the future my payment would be made automatically should I have to go through similar extenuating circumstances in the future. I was also allowed to pay the reduced amount of £65 (instead of £130) as I paid within the next 15 days allowed.
From the above, it is clear that there was no malicious intent establised in the adjudicator's letter regarding the way I handled the CT charge. No malicious intent on my behalf not to pay the CT or avoid the penalty notice. I just followed the process in place to have a chance of my case being heard and adjudicated. Once it was, I accepted the findings and took steps to prevent the sitaution from occuring in the future.
I am self-employed, and this is the only penalty charge I've had during the last 12 years I've been in the UK