HL Deb 02 November 2004 vol 666 cc222-3

(1) The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) is amended as follows.

(2) In section 53 (amount of fixed penalty), after subsection (2) insert—

(3) In particular, in relation to England and Wales an older made under subsection (1)(a) may prescribe a higher fixed penalty in a case where, in the period of three years ending with the date of the offence in question, the offender committed an offence for which—

  1. (a) he was disqualified from driving, or
  2. (b) penalty points were endorsed on the counterpart of any licence held by him."

(3) At the end of section 84 (regulations) (which becomes subsection (1)) insert—

"(2) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that where—

  1. (a) a conditional offer has been issued under section 75 of this Act,
  2. (b) the amount of the penalty stated in the offer is not the higher amount applicable by virtue of section 53(3) of this Act, and
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  4. (c) it subsequently appears that that higher amount is in fact applicable,
the fixed penalty clerk may issue a further notice (a "surcharge notice") requiring payment of the difference between the two amounts.

(3) Regulations under subsection (2) above may—

  1. (a) provide for this Part of this Act to have effect, in cases to which the regulations apply, with such modifications as may be specified;
  2. (b) make provision for the collection and enforcement of amounts due under surcharge notices.""

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 10. I have spoken to this amendment with Amendment No. 8.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 10. (Baroness Scotland of Asthal.)

[Amendment No. 10A, as an amendment to the Motion, not moved.]

[Amendments Nos. 10B and 10C, as amendments to Amendment No. 10, not moved.]

On Question, Motion agreed to.

7.45 p.m.