HL Deb 10 April 2000 vol 612 c7WA
Lord Marlesford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the guidance available to the courts on length of driving licence bans which are appropriate for different categories of offences. [HL1846]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

The provisions relating to minimum periods of disqualification for holding a driving licence are contained in Section 34 of and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Guidance on sentencing has always been, and must remain, a matter for the judiciary, whether in the form of judgments by the higher courts or in guidelines from the Magistrates' Association. The Magistrates' Association guidelines are currently being reviewed. The existing guidelines contain some guidance about appropriate periods of disqualification for alcohol offences, depending upon the amount of alcohol in the body.