Traffic Penalty Tribunal

Example Cases

Credit Card Surcharge

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BS881

A Council is required to inform the motorist how payment of a penalty charge may be made.  Various methods may be used including, for example, payment by cash, cheque or card.  What the Council may not do, however, is add a surcharge on payments made by credit card.  That would amount to an unlawful increase of the amount that may be charged by way of penalty.  The Council has no power to demand the payment of any extra charges of this nature.

The appeal was allowed (also on other grounds)