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Road Traffic Act

Home Department written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 41A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

Section 41A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as amended makes it an offence for a person not to comply with certain construction and use requirements, to use on a road a motor vehicle or trailer which does not comply with such requirements, or to cause or permit a motor vehicle or trailer to be so used. We believe the offences serve a useful road safety purpose. Their enforcement is a matter for the police, who periodically conduct roadside checks to detect those committing them. Chief officers of police are best placed to decide on the level of priority that should be given to these offences in the light of their perceived seriousness, conflicting demands on police time and resources, and local circumstances.

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