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Road Traffic Act 1974

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The Road Traffic Act 1972

12In section 25(1) of the 1972 Act (duty to stop, and furnish particulars, in case of accident to a person, vehicle or animal) after the word " thereby ", in the second place where it occurs, there shall be inserted the words

or to any other property constructed on, fixed to, growing in or otherwise forming part of the land on which the road in question is situated or land adjacent thereto.

13In section 36A of that Act the following subsections shall be inserted after subsection (3):—

(3A)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that, in relation to vehicles of such classes as may be specified in the regulations, subsection (1) above shall not apply or shall apply subject to such conditions as may be so specified.

(3B)In England and Wales a local authority may institute proceedings for an offence under this section committed with respect to the verge of a road, land or a footway in their area ; and in this section " local authority " means the council of a county, district or London borough, the Greater London Council or the Common Council of the City of London.

14(1)In section 53 of that Act (testing of condition of vehicles on roads) in subsection (1) (authorised examiners may test motor vehicles to ascertain whether certain requirements are complied with) in paragraph (b) after the word " of" there shall be inserted the word

noise.

(2)In subsection (2) of that section (persons who may act as authorised examiners) the word " and", in the last place where it occurs, shall be omitted and at the end of the subsection there shall be added the words

and a person appointed by the police authority for a police area to act, under the directions of the chief officer of police, for the purposes of this section.

15In section 57(7) of that Act (power to prohibit the driving of vehicles in respect of which a weight limit has been exceeded), in paragraph (a), after the word " exceeded" there shall be inserted the words

or would be exceeded if it were used on a road.

16Section 65 of that Act (restriction on number of trailers drawn) shall cease to have effect, but without prejudice to any power under sections 40 and 42 of that Act to make provision with respect to the number of trailers which may be drawn by a motor vehicle.

17In section 94 of that Act (appeals against disqualification and power of court ordering disqualification to suspend it pending an appeal) after subsection (3) there shall be inserted the following subsection:—

(3A)Where a court exercises its power under subsection (2) or subsection (3) above it shall send notice of the suspension to the Secretary of State; and for the purposes of this section any such notice shall be sent in such manner and to such address and shall contain such particulars as the Secretary of State may determine.

18In section 115 of that Act (duration of heavy goods vehicle driver's licence) after subsection (3) there shall be added the following subsection:—

(4)Without prejudice to section 118(4) of this Act if, on the date on which an application is made for a heavy goods vehicle driver's licence, the applicant is the holder of such a licence and, apart from this subsection, his existing licence would expire in accordance with subsection (1) above, then, notwithstanding anything in that subsection, his existing licence shall continue in force until the application is disposed of.

19(1)In section 161 of that Act (power of constables to require production of driving licences and statement of date of birth) at the end of subsection (4) (no offence committed if licence produced at a police station within five days) there shall be added the words

in respect of a failure to produce his licence.

(2)Nothing in sub-paragraph (1) above shall affect the operation of the said subsection (4) in relation to a requirement made by a constable before that sub-paragraph comes into operation.

20In section 166(2) of that Act (if a driver does not produce an insurance certificate, etc. at the time of an accident involving injury, he may do so in person at a nominated police station within five days of the accident being reported) for the words " he produces the same in person" there shall be substituted the words

the certificate or other evidence is produced.

21In section 168(2) of that Act (information to be given as to identity of driver, etc.) in paragraph (a) after the word "police" there shall be inserted the words

or, in the case of an offence under section 36A or section 36B of this Act, by or on behalf of a local authority within the meaning of the said section 36A.

22In section 179 of that Act (restrictions on prosecutions for certain offences) after subsection (3) there shall be inserted the following subsection:—

(3A)The requirement of subsection (2) above shall not apply in relation to an offence if, at the time of the offence or immediately thereafter, an accident occurs owing to the presence on a road of the vehicle in respect of which the offence was committed.

23In section 198(2) of that Act (certain provisions not to apply to trams and trolley-buses) for the words " 60 and 65 " there shall be substituted the words

and 60.

24In Part I of Schedule 4 to that Act (prosecution and punishment of offences), in the entry relating to section 89(3) (driving licence holder failing, when his particulars become incorrect, to surrender licence and give particulars), in column 7 there shall be inserted the words

Section 180 applies.

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