HC Deb 25 November 1970 vol 807 c389
2. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will amend the Road Traffic Act, 1960 so that a notice of intended prosecution sent by post shall only be deemed to have been served when it can be shown that the letter was delivered in the ordinary course of post.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Eldon Griffiths)

No, Sir.

Sir J. Langford-Holt

Is my hon. Friend aware that in these modern times, apart from postal deliveries being delayed, there is some doubt whether on occasion these letters arrive? Would it not be appropriate in these circumstances, in order that justice may be seen to be done, to utilise the recorded delivery service?

Mr. Griffiths

We are not aware of any general criticism that the present arrangements cause injustice. Essentially, the difficulty is that it would be wrong if an offender could escape prosecution by avoiding delivery of the post.