Clause 40 - Fixed penalty offences

Part of Traffic Management Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 3rd February 2004.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 2:45 pm, 3rd February 2004

Perhaps this is a convenient moment to raise with the Minister some questions about this fixed penalty notice regime. Will he tell us to whom the penalty will be paid, and in what manner? What will the levels of the penalty and the discounted rate be? What use will the street authority be permitted to make of the money collected in penalties? What are the arrangements for undertakers to contest and appeal against the fixed penalty notices?

I understand that the Government are considering the possibility of authorities retaining some or all of the fine income to offset the cost of operating a fixed penalty notice scheme. Is the Minister able to say whether that has received the authority of the Treasury, and if so, what will the terms of the scheme be? We need assurances that the fixed penalty scheme is not going to be a revenue-raising regime akin to what many people think of the safety camera regime.