Amendments proposed to the Road Safety Bill [lords] - continued House of Commons

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Fee for renewal of photocard licence and issue of certain alternative licences

   

Dr Stephen Ladyman

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 99 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c.52) (duration of licence)—

      (a) in subsection (7) (grant of new licence free of charge on surrender of photocard licence after ten years, in cases of error and on change of name or address), omit "and any licence granted under this subsection shall be granted free of charge", and

      (b) After that subsection insert—

          "(7ZA)   The Secretary of State is not required by subsection (7) above to grant a new licence on the surrender of a licence and its counterpart by a person in pursuance of subsection (2A) above unless the person has paid the fee (if any) which is prescribed; but any other licence under that subsection is to be granted free of charge."

    (2)   In section 117A(2)(c) and (3) of that Act (disqualification etc. of holders of Community licences: issue of alternative licences), for ", free of charge," substitute ", on payment of such fee (if any) as may be prescribed,".'.


Alcohol—prescribed limits

   

Mr David Kidney
Mr Alistair Carmichael

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) is amended as follows—

    (2)   In section 11(2) the meaning of "the prescribed limit" is amended as follows—

      (a) in (a) leave out "35" and insert "22";

      (b) in (b) leave out "80" and insert "50"; and

      (c) in (c) leave out "107" and insert "67".

    (3)   In section 8(2) leave out "50" and insert "35".'.


Breath testing

   

Mr David Kidney

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Where a police officer of or above the rank of inspector reasonably believes that incidents involving persons driving on a road or other public place while unfit to drive through drink or drugs may take place, he may give an authorisation that the powers to administer preliminary tests conferred by this section shall be exercisable on that road or place for a period not exceeding 24 hours.

    (2)   If it appears to an officer of or above the rank of superintendent that it is expedient to do so, having regard to offences which have, or are reasonably suspected to have, been committed in connection with any activity falling within the authorisation, he may direct that the authorisation shall continue in being for a further 24 hours.

    (3)   If an inspector gives an authorisation under subsection (1) he must, as soon as it is practicable to do so, cause an officer of or above the rank of superintendent to be informed.

    (4)   This section confers on any constable in uniform power to administer—

      (a) a preliminary breath test,

      (b) a preliminary impairment test, or

      (c) a preliminary drugs test

    pursuant to the provisions of sections 6A to 6D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52).

    (5)   A constable may, in the exercise of those powers, administer any preliminary tests he thinks fit whether or not he has any grounds for suspecting that alcohol or drugs have been consumed.

    (6)   A person who without reasonable excuse fails to co-operate with a preliminary test in pursuance of a requirement imposed under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and four penalty points or discretionary disqualification or both.

    (7)   Any authorisation under this section shall be in writing signed by the officer giving it and shall specify the grounds on which it is given and the locality in which and the period during which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable and a direction under subsection (2) above shall also be given in writing or, where that is not practicable, recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.

    (8)   Where a preliminary test is administered by a constable under this section, the driver shall be entitled to obtain a written statement that the test was administered under the powers conferred by this section if he applies for such a statement not later than the end of the period of twelve months from the day on which the test was administered.

    (9)   In this section—

             "vehicle" includes a caravan as defined in section 29(1) of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (c. 62)

             "preliminary breath test" means a test as specified in section 6A of the Road Traffic Act 1988

             "preliminary impairment test" means a test as specified in section 6B of the Road Traffic Act 1988

             "preliminary drugs test" means a test as specified in section 6C of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

    (10)   The powers conferred by this section are not in derogation of any other powers conferred.'.


Court presentation officer

   

Mr David Kidney

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Designated members of a relevant police constabulary shall, for the purposes of this section, have the powers and rights of audience of a Crown Prosecutor in relation to the prosecution of—

      (a) the offences listed in paragraphs 1, 3, 4 and 5 of Schedule 1 to the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/904);

      (b) specified offences that cease to be specified when a magistrates' court begins to receive evidence in those proceedings where a defendant does not enter a plea.

    (2)   A designated member of a relevant police constabulary shall not have rights of audience when an offence ceases to be specified where the defendant enters a not guilty plea and the case proceeds to trial.

    (3)   A member of a relevant police constabulary shall be designated for the purposes of this section if that member is a recognised designated court presentation officer employed for that purpose.

    (4)   A recognised designated court presentation officer must also be a serving police officer from the relevant police constabulary.

    (5)   In exercising his role as a designated court presentation officer, a police officer must have regard to any advice or guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

    (6)   The Secretary of State may, by regulation, issue guidance on the recruitment, training and operation of designated court presentation officers.'.


Impact of the period of summer time on road safety

   

Mr David Kidney

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall report on the impact of the period of summer time on road safety.

    (2)   The first report under this section shall be in respect of the period of twelve months beginning with the passing of this Act.

    (3)   Subsequent reports under this section shall be in respect of the period of 12 months beginning with the end of the previous reporting period.

    (4)   Each report under this section shall be prepared as soon as practicable after the end of the period to which it relates.

    (5)   The Secretary of State shall—

      (a) lay a copy of each report under this section before each House of Parliament, and

      (b) publish each such report in such manner as he thinks fit.'.


Causing death by reckless driving

   

Mr Owen Paterson
Stephen Hammond
Mr Henry Bellingham

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In the Road Traffic Act 1988, after section 1 insert—

             "Causing death by reckless driving

          (1)   A person who causes the death of another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place recklessly is guilty of an offence.

          (2)   For the purposes of subsection (1) a person is to be regarded as driving recklessly if—

          (a) the way he drives falls far below what would be expected of a competent driver and this must have been evident to him, or

          (b) it must have been evident to him that driving the vehicle he was driving or proposing to drive in its current state was reckless.".

    (2)   In the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, after section 24 insert—

             "Alternative verdicts (reckless driving)

          (1)   Where—

          (a) a person charged with an offence under a provision of the Road Safety Act 2006(c.) specified in the first column of the Table below (where the general nature of the offences is also indicated) is found not guilty of that offence, but

          (b) the allegations in the indictment or information (or in Scotland complaint) amount to or include an allegation of an offence under one or more of the provisions specified in the corresponding entry in the second column,

        he may be convicted of that offence or of one or more of those offences.

      Offence ChargedAlternative
      Section (causing death by reckless driving)Section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (causing death by dangerous driving).".

    (3)   In the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, Schedule 2, at end insert—

"Section (causing death by reckless driving) of the Road Safety Act 2006 (c. )On indictment14 years imprisonment, disqualification and obligatory endorsement.".'.


Causing death by dangerous driving

   

Mr Owen Paterson
Stephen Hammond
Mr Henry Bellingham

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 2A(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, line 1 leave out "far" and insert "significantly".

    (2)   In Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (prosecution and punishment of offences) in the entry relating to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 leave out "14" and insert "7".'.


Motorcycles in bus lanes

   

Mr Owen Paterson
Stephen Hammond
Mr Henry Bellingham

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    'All bus lanes in the adjacent vehicle lane shall be open to use by motorcycles when buses are moving in the same direction as traffic.'.



 
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