Penalty Notice for Disorder
A Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) offers a
simple and swift way for the police to deal with low-level
anti-social and nuisance offending. Here you can find out more
about what you can expect if you are issued with a PND.
If you have a question relating to a
specific ticket issued to you by British Transport Police, please
(quoting your ticket number).
What is a PND?
Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) are fines set at two
- upper tier offences at £90.00
- lower tier offences at £60.00
Why is a PND given?
A PND is given at the discretion of an issuing officer. The officer
has to have a reason to believe that a person has committed an
offence for which a PND is suitable and that they have no history
of similar offences. The details of the offence are stated in Part
2 of the notice.
How can I pay my PND?
You can pay your fine by any of the following
- Credit/debit card via the 24 hour automated
phone service on 0300 123 1481
- Online via our secure web
- By cheque or postal order made payable to
HMCTS. If you choose this method, please send Part 3 of your ticket
along with your cheque to:
Regional Fixed Penalty
PO Box 5992
Southend On Sea
By cash, sending the exact amount payable
along with Part 3 of your ticket to the above address.
How long do I have to pay my
You have 21 days starting from the date of issue, this can be found
on the ticket.
What happens if I do not pay the
penalty on time?
If you fail to pay the full amount of your PND
within 21 days of the issue date, the fine will increase by 50% and
you may be charged with the offence for which the notice had been
issued. If you don’t pay the PND at all, it will be registered as a
fine, in which case you may have to pay additional bailiff’s fees
or you may be arrested. If you are charged and convicted you will
receive a criminal record and may have to pay court costs in
addition to any fine imposed. You may also be given a
What can I do if I don’t agree that I should have been
given a PND and would rather have been given a court
If you believe you should not have been given
a PND, you have the right to request a court hearing within 21 days
of the date of issue. You can do this by filling out Part 4 of your
ticket and sending it to:
British Transport Police
Freepost 5 LON20885
You can also request a hearing by writing to
us at the above address or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
giving your PND reference number, full name and an address on which
a summons may be served to you. The summons will tell you when and
where to attend court. Please note: only the recipient named in
Parts 2 and 3 of the PND may request a court hearing.
Will the PND give me a criminal
A PND is not classified as a criminal
conviction, however it may appear on
a “Disclosure and Barring Service” check (DBS) undertaken by
employers working in sectors of trust or working with vulnerable
as working with children, security, and finance or legal.
Additionally it may
appear on a Police Certificate requested in the event of a visa
some countries and may be cited in any future criminal or civil
as evidence of bad character.
Who has authority to give me a
All police officers can issue you with a PND
if they have reason to believe you have committed an offence.
Police community support officers and accredited officers also have
powers to issue PNDs. You have the right to ask the issuing officer
for identification. The officer who issues the ticket will write
their name and warrant number at the bottom of Part 2 of your
Once issued with a PND, can the
officer ask me to attend a police station?
Police officers have the right to request that you attend a police
station for fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs. They may
also request that you attend a police station to be issued with the
Why has my payment been
Your payment may have been returned for any of the following
- Your payment may have been made too late (after 21 days of
- You may not have paid the full amount
- You may already have requested a court hearing and a summons is
- The penalty has been increased i.e. due to late payment and you
have not paid enough
If a payment is returned, a letter will
accompany the payment explaining the reason for this. In individual
cases, if further information is needed, please call Southend
Regional Fixed Penalty Office on 01702 283 860. Please have
your PND issue/notice number ready.
A bailiff’s letter or court summon
regarding a PND has been sent out to my address, but I don’t know
the person that it’s addressed to. What shall I do?
If the person named on the bailiff’s letter of court summons is
either not known at the address or has moved away please send the
- Your full name and address
- A copy of a recent utility bill (e.g. an
electricity or gas bill) to confirm your name and address
- Daytime contact telephone number
- The forwarding address of the person named on
the fine (if this is available)
- The notice of PND fine: please send this
Regional Fixed Penalty
PO Box 5992
Southend On Sea