Clause 31 - Driver training

Road Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:56 pm on 1st February 2005.

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

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

The clause inserts a new power to make regulations. How will those regulations be used?

Photo of Charlotte Atkins Charlotte Atkins Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The clause amends section 99ZC of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to extend the regulation-making powers to include the provision of information about compulsory driver training courses. It also amends section 173 of the 1988 Act which deals with the offence of forgery of certificates relating to the completion of courses, by replacing references to section 97(3A) and the words

''training course for motor cyclists'', with references to section 99ZC(1)(e) and ''driver training course''.

The clause corrects an oversight when sections 99ZA to 99ZC were introduced by the Transport Act 2000. Basically, it allows the Secretary of State to introduce compulsory driver training courses and authorises him to make available information about persons providing such courses, thus delivering on the   commitment set out in the road safety strategy to ensure that members of the public are better informed about the people who provide training.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 31 ordered to stand part of the Bill.