Clause 66 - Part III of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53)

Part of Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 27th February 2003.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:15 am, 27th February 2003

That is helpful. That raises the question of what proportion of their time the British

Transport police spend on traffic duties and what proportion on general duties. Obviously the imposition of fines on people at level crossings falls rightfully within their purview. I could imagine a situation in which they might be asked, if they were close to the scene of an incident, to assist the regular traffic police. What proportion of their time does that involve?

Incidentally, I was delighted to find in the Library that Wilkinson is still the authority on road traffic offences. It has been the leading authority for some considerable time. I simply want to use this little debate to ask not only about the interrelationship with level crossings, but about the role of the British Transport police in wider traffic duties and the proportion of its time that it spends on such duties.