New clause 10 - Powers to stop or direct traffic

Traffic Management Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 5th February 2004.

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'(1) This section confers the following powers on a traffic officer—

(a) a power, when the traffic officer is engaged in the regulation of traffic in a road, to direct a person driving or propelling a vehicle—

(i) to stop the vehicle, or

(ii) to make it proceed in, or keep to, a particular line of traffic;

(b) a power, for the purposes of a traffic survey of any description which is being carried out on or in the vicinity of a road, to direct a person driving or propelling a vehicle—

(i) to stop the vehicle, or

(ii) to make it proceed in, or keep to, a particular line of traffic, or

(iii) to proceed to a particular point on or near the road on which the vehicle is being driven or propelled;

(subject to the restriction in section 35(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c.52));

(c) a power, when the traffic officer is engaged in the regulation of vehicular traffic in a road, to direct persons on foot (or such persons and other traffic) to stop;

(d) a power to direct a person driving a mechanically propelled vehicle, or riding a cycle, on a road to stop the vehicle or cycle.

(2) In section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c.52) (drivers to comply with traffic directions)—

(a) in subsection (1)—

(i) after ''a constable'' there is inserted ''or traffic officer'';

(ii) after ''duty'' there is inserted ''or the traffic officer (as the case may be)'';

(b) in subsection (2)(b) after ''constable'' there is inserted ''or traffic officer''.

(3) In section 37 of that Act (directions to pedestrians)—

(a) after ''uniform'' there is inserted ''or traffic officer'';

(b) after ''duty'' there is inserted ''or the traffic officer (as the case may be)''.

(4) In section 163 of that Act (power of police to stop vehicles), in subsections (1) and (2) after ''uniform'' there is inserted ''or a traffic officer''.

(5) In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c.53) (prosecution and punishment of offences under the Traffic Acts), in column 5 of the entry relating to section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c.52) after ''constable'' there is inserted '', traffic officer''.'.—[Mr. McNulty.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.