Duty to Inform Traffic Commissioners of Relevant Convictions, etc.

Part of Transport Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:45 am on 25th June 1980.

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Photo of Mr Albert Booth Mr Albert Booth , Barrow-in-Furness 12:45 am, 25th June 1980

I welcome this amendment, which responds in great measure to the concern we expressed in Committee that if the Bill had passed out of this House in the same way as it entered employers who were public service vehicle operators would have been under an obligation to inform the traffic commissioner of all sorts of offences committed by their employees, even if those employees were not in the public transport part of the business. That would have given rise to all sorts of difficulties. This amendment restricts the obligation on those employers to notify the commissioner of offences committed by the employee only if the conviction relates to an offence committed in the course of the business and then only in the course of that part of the business relating to passenger transport. That is a considerable improvement, and it is very welcome.