HL Deb 31 July 1962 vol 243 cc230-1

Second Schedule, page 30, line 6, at end insert—

("Section four In subsection (1), for the words 'statutory speed limit' there shall be substituted the words 'limit imposed by or under any enactment mentioned in subsection (3) of this section'.
For subsection (3) there shall be substituted the following subsection—
'(3) The enactments referred to in subsection (1) of this section are—any enactment contained in this Act; section two of the Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1926; any enactment passed after the commencement of this Act'."

My Lords, sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act stipulates the penalty for exceeding a statutory speed limit, and Clauses 3 and 6 of the Bill provide for an increase in that penalty. Subsection (3) of Section 4 provides for the substitution of the fine stipulated for any penalty for speeding stipulated in or under any enactment relating to a speed limit contained in any Act passed before 1934. That covers a variety of other Acts under which speed limits are imposed, and in fact it is intended to level up the penalty for speeding throughout the various Acts under which it can be infringed. There seems, in fact, to be some doubt whether the penalty contained in the Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act, although dated 1926, applies to the Royal Parks. It seems doubtful that the penalty provisions apply in the Royal Parks as they do on the road, and this Amendment makes it clear that they do. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(Lord Chesham.)


My Lords, perhaps I might thank the Government for this Amendment. I think it arises out of a Question which I put years ago and which was answered by my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor, and will give great relief, I think, to the friends of Richmond Park.

On Question, Motion agreed to.