Clause 16 - Penalty points

Part of Road Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:14 pm on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 4:14 pm, 25th January 2005

May I ask the Minister whether he will allow the courts to make their own minds up when deciding what the penalty points should be or whether, concurrently or consecutively to the passing of the Bill into law, he will issue guidance to magistrates to give examples of the points that they should impose? If he intends to issue guidance, he should share it with the Committee before the Bill completes its passage through Parliament.