Contravention Codes - An explanation

When a Penalty Charge Notice is issued a contravention code is used. This must be used by the Civil Enforcement Officer as it indicates why a notice has been issued.

The Department for Transport have also set what they believe to be higher contraventions and lower contraventions. Essentially, some contraventions are seen to be more serious than others.

As well as this there are different observation periods for each type of contravention/situation.

Please see the table below which explains more about the contravention codes and why/when they are issued.

Higher level contraventions


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Lower level contraventions




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