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Transport Act 2000

Section 144: Bus lane contraventions: penalties

119.Section 144 provides for the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales to make regulations in connection with allowing approved local authorities outside London, Transport for London and London local authorities to impose penalty charges for moving bus lane contraventions, and the payment of penalty charges. The section provides that regulations made must include provision for matters such as setting the levels of penalty charges, specifying the person responsible for paying the penalty charge and the application of sums received from penalty charges. They may also include matters such as exemptions from penalty charges, provision for discounts or surcharges and the keeping of accounts

120.The section gives the Lord Chancellor powers to make regulations about the notification, adjudication and enforcement of penalty charges. This is to ensure that the same requirements apply to England and Wales. The section does not give local authorities the power to stop vehicles; only the police may do so. As the section does not remove the power of the police to enforce moving traffic offences, it provides that motorists should not be subject to double jeopardy and prosecution by the police and local authority for the same offence or contravention. The regulation would be subject to negative resolution procedure by virtue of section 160

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