Clause 2

Part of Road Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 20th January 2005.

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Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Assistant Chief Whip, Whips 2:30 pm, 20th January 2005

I am grateful to the Minister for that clarification, which gives me a better understanding of the situation, but it does not put my mind at rest about the circumstances that I raised with him. A court might say, ''We accept the mitigation. It is justified and we therefore reduce the fine to zero'', indicating that it had every sympathy; yet the law does not allow it to say, ''We will not apply points.'' The person would then be disqualified, although the court felt that they should not be penalised. Is the Minister prepared to re-examine that point? Even if this is not the right place or the right Bill for that purpose, I think it should still be considered.