Amendments made: 20, in schedule 1, page 7, line 13, at end insert
2A After subsection (8) of section 127 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (extension of duration of registration) insert
(9) Sections 128(7A) to (7G) and 131A apply in relation to suspending a persons registration in connection with an application under subsection (1) above as if the references in sections 128(7A) to (7G) and 131A to
(a) a notice under section 128(4) were references to a notice under subsection (5) above, and
(b) the removal of the persons name from the register were (or, in the case of section 128(7E)(d), included) references to the refusal of the persons application for the retention of the persons name in the register..
This amendment would enable the Registrar to suspend a persons registration while considering an application under s127(1) of the RTA 1988 (as it currently has effect, without the substitution of that section by Schedule 6 to the Road Safety Act 2006). Provisions relating to compensation would also apply.
Amendment 21, in schedule 1, page 8, line 8, at end insert
4A After subsection (8) of section 129 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (as it has effect without the omission of that section by Schedule 6 to the Act of 2006) (licences for giving instruction so as to obtain practical experience) insert
(9) Sections 130(7) to (13) and 131A apply in relation to suspending a persons licence in connection with an application for a new licence in substitution for a licence current at the date of the application as if
(a) the references in sections 130(7) to (13) and 131A to
(i) a notice under section 130(3) were references to a notice under subsection (7) above,
(ii) the revocation of the licence were (except in section 130(11)(d)) references to the refusal of the persons application for a new licence, and
(iii) the decision not being in effect were references to the decision not being in effect because the licence has not expired, and
(b) section 131A(3), and the words (whether or not the Registrars decision has taken effect) in section 131A(2)(b), were omitted..
This amendment would enable the Registrar to suspend a persons licence while considering their application for a new licence in substitution for a current licence under s129 of the RTA 1988 (without its omission by Schedule 6 to the Road Safety Act 2006). Provisions relating to compensation would also apply.
Amendment 22, in schedule 1, page 9, line 11, leave out from may to end of line 14 and insert appeal to the First-tier Tribunal.
I do not wish to delay the Committee, but I am drawing on experiences from when I was representing people in a profession; they had complaints against them, some upheld and some not.
I am well aware that the General Teaching Council for Scotland strikes people off and then allows them to reapply. The hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby cited cases of people who had paedophile images on computers. I am well aware that some people who had previously been struck off have been put back on the register of the GTC. There seems to be no method of alerting the people who were offended againstwho made the original complaintof that happening. I know, and I have heard statements from people in the teaching profession at a very high level, that such people are back on that GTC registerthey do not know where they are teaching, and they do not know anything about them.
In the case of a new application being made under schedule 1, when people are given a new licence, what safeguards are there? Someone might get a new licence, but the person who was the original victim, or the person who did the complaining, would not be told. The person with the new licence would end up practising in a new jurisdictionin terms of geographyand it would concern me if there were no safeguards for the public if that could happen.
I shall take a stab at that. I hope that the system that is in place for approved driving instructors would identify people who were appropriate to be driving instructors or not. I would have to ask the Minister whether there is a notification scheme that entitles victims of an offence to be notified. If the approved driving instructor registrar believes that such a person is an appropriate instructor, perhaps that is the judgment required and, therefore, requires no subsequent notification. I shall leave the Minister to respond on that detail, as it is a technical matter.
I add to the comments of the promoter of the Bill by saying that all applications for new licences and for renewal go through a Criminal Records Bureau check, which should pick up the concerns that my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk has.