HL Deb 09 December 1987 vol 491 cc300-1WA
Lord Harmar-Nicholls

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many police authorities in England and Wales inflict a fixed penalty fine for exceeding a 40 mph limit over a distance of only one and a half metres, and what is the statute or regulation which permits this.

The Earl of Caithness

Under Part III of the Transport Act 1982, which came into effect on 1st October 1986, a police constable may issue a fixed penalty notice in England and Wales for a range of road traffic offences, including speeding. The offences of exceeding a speed limit in Sections 17(4) and 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 do not require proof of speeding over any specified distance. The enforcement of road traffic law, and the methods used, are matters for individual chief officers of police.