6.The measures contained in the Order have been the subject of a number of separate public consultation exercises. In November 2002 the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy 2002-2012 was launched which set out the Department’s framework for improving road safety, several elements of which are given effect in this Order. In March 2003, the Northern Ireland Office launched its consultation document “Road Traffic Penalties in Northern Ireland”, while a second document issued in December 2004 contained a small number of issues.
7.The Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency, an Agency within the Department, issued a consultation paper on the Review of the Approved Driver Instructor Scheme in February 2002. A number of measures that received widespread support have been included in this Order. The Agency also issued a consultation paper on the proposed mandatory display of vehicle test certificate discs in October 2002, again receiving widespread support for the proposal. In June 2004, the Department consulted on a number of driving licence and seatbelt issues, while in July 2004 proposals relating to the graduated fixed penalty and deposit scheme were published in conjunction with Department for Transport in Great Britain.