About the Traffic Enforcement Centre

This page is about the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC). It is part of Northampton County Court Bulk Centre and was established to allow local authorities, to enforce an unpaid penalty charge notice (PCN). Unpaid congestion charges, Dart Charges and Merseyflow tolls are also registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre.

If a debt is registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre, does it mean that I have a judgment? 

No it does not. Registration of a debt at the Traffic Enforcement Centre does not lead to a judgment being issued and your credit rating will not be affected.

Warrant of Control

All unpaid road traffic related debts (Penalty Charge Notices, Congestion Charge, Dart Charge and Merseyflow penalties), are registered at the Traffic Enforcement Centre. In order for bailiffs to enforce the debts, the local authority (Dart Charge and Merseyflow etc) must seek permission from TEC for a warrant of control to be issued. Last year, TEC authorised approx 1.8 million warrants. Over 350,000 of these related to an unpaid Dart Charge. The Traffic Enforcement Centre also process requests from local authorities to reseal a warrant (when a new address has been identified).

Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) and Out of Time witness statements.

In relation to bailiff enforcement, the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC)  also process  all Out of Time late witness statements and statutory declarations. If your Out of Time witness statement is accepted, TEC will also produce the notice advising that the warrant has been revoked.

Contacting the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC)

As Out of Time witness statement forms are available online, it should not be necessary to telephone the Traffic Enforcement Centre (see below). But if you really need to, the number  is either: 0300 123 1059 or 01604 619 450.  The lines are open between 8.30 am until 4pm Monday to Friday.

Why is it so difficult to get through to the Traffic Enforcement Centre?

We have recently introduced this new Traffic Enforcement Centre FAQ page to our website to answer this and other popular questions.

What do I need to put on the Out of Time witness statement (TE7 and TE9)

Unfortunately, poorly drafted forms  (TE7 and TE9 or PE2 and PE3) are the main reason why up to approx 65% of these applications are rejected. Another major problem is motorists drafting these forms on their mobile phones and providing almost no background information. Rejections can be avoided by seeking advice before completing these forms. This page  should  help you. You can also seek advice by sending a question to us by email.

Commentary from Bailiff Advice Online

We have a great deal of experience with the Traffic Enforcement Centre and over the past 12 years, have assisted thousands of individuals with drafting of Out of Time witness statements (TE7 and TE9) or statutory declarations (PE2 and PE3).  If you require our assistance, you can email a question to us using our online Enquiry form.  Alternatively, our Contact page  has our phone details.