§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS trusts are required to collect emergency fees under the Road Traffic Acts.
§ Mr. Sackville
Health service hospitals, including those managed by national health service trusts, are empowered to collect the emergency treatment fee under section 158 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and it is Government policy that it should be collected. The fee, which must be covered by motor vehicle insurance policies, is payable by vehicle users in respect of each person given immediate treatment or examination arising from a road traffic accident.