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Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

Section 105 Fixed penalties for offences under section 95, 98, 100 or 101

205.This section enables the local authority officer to issue a fixed penalty notice to the operator of the premises where the officer has reason to believe an offence has taken place under section 95, 98, 100 or 101. The fixed penalty notice gives the operator the opportunity of discharging liability to conviction for that offence by payment of the fixed penalty.

206.Subsections (2) and (3) set out the details the fixed penalty notice must contain. The fixed penalty notice must identify the offence to which it relates, give reasonable particulars of the circumstances of the alleged offence and details in relation to payment. Subsection (4) states the amount of the fixed penalty fine: £100 for an offence under section 95 (allowing use of sunbeds by persons under 18); and £50 for an offence under section 98, 100 or 101. Subsection (5) provides the period for payment of the fixed penalty, which is 28 days beginning with the day on which the notice was given. Subsection (6) sets out that a local authority may extend the period for payment of the fixed penalty if appropriate, by giving notice to the operator. Subsection (7) prohibits proceedings for an offence under section 95, 98, 100 or 101 from commencing before the end of the period for payment of the fixed penalty.

207.Subsection (11) gives the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations, by affirmative procedure, to amend the fixed penalty scheme in relation to the circumstances in which FPN`s may not be given, the form of a FPN and the method for payment of fixed penalties. It also enables Scottish Ministers to make regulations to modify the amount of fixed penalty (subject to a maximum of £500), to alter the period in which the penalty may be paid, and to provide for the keeping of accounts etc. by local authorities in relation to fixed penalties under this section.

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