HC Deb 26 January 1989 vol 145 c673W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been under paragraph 100(2) of the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations for failing to secure a loose bulk load, in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Mr. John Patten

The information collected centrally on court proceedings does not separately distinguish contravention of regulation 100(2) of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. The available information relates to offences of causing danger by reason of the number of passengers carried, by insecure load, by weight or distribution, and is published annually in "Offences relating to motor vehicles England and Wales, Supplementary tables" (table 5 of the issue for 1987, the latest available). Probably of the order of 90 per cent. of these offences will have related to the load carried. This publication also gives, table 20, the available information on the issue of fixed penalty notices, which may be issued as an alternative to prosecution for certain loading offences, including the one in question.