Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC)

If you have received a visit (or a letter)  from a bailiff/enforcement agent in relation to a Penalty Charge, Dart Charge or Merseyflow that you knew nothing about, it is usually because all notices had been sent to a previous address. Fortunately, Parliament has introduced safeguards to protect motorists in such cases. Bailiff enforcement will be suspended for a short while by submitting an Out of Time Witness Statement (TE7 and TE9) or Out of Time Statutory Declaration (PE2 and PE3) to the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC). If accepted, the debt (including bailiff fees) will be cancelled. A new Penalty Charge Notice will be issued allowing you to pay at the earlier discounted rate.

Under the Traffic Enforcement Centre category of our website, you will find the following pages:

About the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC)

The Traffic Enforcement Centre is part of Northampton County Court. It was set up solely to register all unpaid Penalty Charge Notices (including Dart Charge and Merseyflow). It is important to stress that registration does not in any way affect your credit rating.

What is an Out of Time Witness Statement?

Before you can consider submitting an Out of Time Witness Statement (TE7 and TE9)  to the Traffic Enforcement Centre you need to know what these application are and the reason for submitting them. This page explains.

Out of Time Witness Statement (TE7 and TE9)

Details on how to complete an Out of Time Witness Statement (forms TE7 and TE9) or Out of Time Statutory Declaration (forms PE2 and PE3) can be read here.

Mistakes on Out of Time Witness Statements (TE7 and TE9)

Unfortunately, over 60% of  Out of Time witness statements (late appeals)  are rejected. From the many enquiries that we receive from motorists,  it is sadly the case that the cause of the rejection is usually due to poorly completed forms (TE7 and TE9). Given the seriousness of this problem, we have introduced this page to our website.

Out of Time Witness Statement is granted

If your Out of Time Witness Statement is granted, the debt will be cancelled (including bailiff fees) and  a new Penalty Charge Notice will be issued allowing you to pay the charge at the earlier discounted rate.

Out of Time Witness Statement has been rejected

If your Out of Time Witness Statement/Statutory Declaration application has been refused, the options available to you are outlined on this page.

Traffic Enforcement Centre and N244

If your Out of Time witness statement is refused, you can request that the decision be reviewed. An application is made to the Traffic Enforcement Centre using form N244. Unfortunately, there is court fee of up to £255 for such an application. This is why it is so important for motorists to seek advice before submitting Out of Time witness statements.

Traffic Enforcement Centre FAQs

We have introduced this page to answer many of the frequently asked questions received from motorists. The page can be read here.

Commentary from Bailiff Advice Online

We have significant experience with drafting Out of Time witness statements (TE7 and TE9)  and statutory declarations (PE2 and PE3). If you require assistance with drafting of these forms, you can email a question to us using our online Enquiry Form. Alternatively, can contact our free helpline. Details are on our Contact page.

Lastly, our Simplified Guide to the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 can be read here.