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Road Traffic Act 1974

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21Variation of penalties for certain offences

(1)In the case of a summary conviction of an offence against—

(a)any provision of the 1960 Act specified in column 1 of Part I of Schedule 5 to this Act (of which the general nature is indicated in column 2 thereof), or

(b)any provision of the 1967 Act specified in column 1 of Part II of that Schedule (of which the general nature is indicated in column 2 thereof),

the maximum punishment shall be varied from that now in force and specified in relation to that offence in column 3 of the said Part I or Part II, as the case may require, to the new punishment specified in relation to that offence in column 4 thereof; and for that purpose the amendments of those Acts specified in column 5 of the said Parts I and II shall have effect.

(2)For the purpose of varying the maximum punishment on summary conviction of an offence against any of the provisions of the 1972 Act specified in column 1 of Part III of Schedule 5 to this Act (of which the general nature is indicated in column 2 thereof) for the entry in column 4 of Part I of Schedule 4 to that Act in relation to each of those provisions (which entries are set out in column 3 of Part III of Schedule 5 to this Act) there shall be substituted the corresponding entry in column, 4 of the said Part III; and in section 178 of that Act (summary penalty for breach of regulations) for the words

£20

there shall be substituted the words

£50.

(3)The amendments in Part IV of Schedule 5 to this Act shall have effect for the purpose of varying the penalties in the case of certain offences which are triable summarily or on indictment.

(4)In consequence of the amendment in Part III of Schedule 5 to this Act relating to an offence under section 40(5) of the 1972 Act (contravention of construction and use regulations) in Part I of Schedule 4 to that Act, in column 5 (disqualification) of the entry relating to section 40(5) of that Act—

(a)in paragraph (a), after the words " paragraph (a) " there shall be inserted the words

or paragraph (c); and

(b)at the end there shall be added the words

Discretionary if committed by carrying on a motor vehicle or trailer a load which, by reason of its insecurity or position, is likely to cause danger, but subject to the exception above.

(5)Nothing in the preceding provisions of this section or in Schedule 5 to this Act shall apply in relation to offences committed on or before the day appointed for the coming into operation of this section.

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