Clause 74 - Notification of penalty charge

Traffic Management Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 5th February 2004.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

I have a question about subsection (4), which states:

''The regulations may not confer power to stop vehicles.''

That is an important provision, but does the Minister believe that it is compatible with the approach taken in the London Local Authorities Bill, which gives local authority officers the power to stop vehicles for the purpose of testing their exhaust emissions? I believe that the power to stop vehicles on the highway should be exercised only by the police. If the Minister agrees, which would explain subsection (4), will he explain whether the Government have a different attitude to the other Bill or whether they will amend it?

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

It is not for us to discuss the London Local Authorities Bill, although for someone to test an exhaust, they must be able to stop the vehicle, just as the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency needs to stop vehicles to carry out weight and other tests. That cannot be done on the run.

As we have said before, many of the offences that we are discussing will be enforced by cameras, and it is inappropriate for civil enforcement officers to have the

power to stop vehicles for parking offences, yellow box offences and no-right-turn offences. It is a matter of finding measures that are appropriate to the circumstances.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 74 ordered to stand part of the Bill.