HC Deb 20 January 1998 vol 304 c483W
Mrs. Ray Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will amend the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 to bring the procedures for issuing fixed penalty notices in Scotland into line with those in England and Wales. [22533]

Mr. McLeish

Differences in the procedure for issuing fixed penalty notices between Scotland and England and Wales reflect differences in legal systems. We have no plans for altering Scottish procedure in order to bring it into line with that in England and Wales. The arrangements for the conditional offer of fixed penalties for endorsable offences in England and Wales, introduced from 1 July 1992 under the Road Traffic Act 1991, are however similar to Scottish arrangements for fixed penalties, in that inspection of driving licences will be a matter for the courts rather than the police, as is required for other fixed penalties.

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