HL Deb 22 June 1972 vol 332 c492WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the prescribed circumstances, apart from minimum driving age, in which the police may request a driver for his age?


The prescribed circumstances are:

1. If a person fails to produce his driving licence when required to do so by a police constable:

2. If a person produces a licence which is issued by the local authority and which, therefore, unlike the licences to be issued from next year in the centralised driver licensing system, gives no indication of date of birth. This date will be one of the factors used to identify each of the millions of records in that system. Courts are therefore now required to include it in notifications of licence endorsements to the licensing authority in preparation for the start of the centralised scheme. The police are accordingly empowered to obtain it when a licence is produced in order to help the court in the event of a subsequent conviction involving endorsement.

3. If a police constable has reason to suspect that a licence produced was granted to somebody else, granted in error or has been altered with intent to deceive.

House adjourned at thirteen minutes before eleven o'clock.