New Clause 1 — Use of fraudulent parking badge

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:45 am on 9th November 2012.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 9:45 am, 9th November 2012

Is not the problem with the new clause that there is no requirement that a person found guilty of using a stolen disabled parking badge should have done so knowing that it was stolen? Introducing a minimum sentence higher than the standard sentence for handling stolen goods, for example, which requires knowledge or belief that the goods are stolen, is surely far too draconian.