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(1)The Secretary of State may make payments in respect of the whole or any part of the expenditure of a public authority in relation to—
(a)the prevention or detection of offences to which subsection (2) applies; or
(b)any enforcement action or proceedings in respect of such offences or any alleged such offences.
(2)This subsection applies to offences under—
(a)section 16 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27) which consist in contraventions of restrictions on the speed of vehicles imposed under section 14 of that Act;
(b)subsection (4) of section 17 of that Act which consist in contraventions of restrictions on the speed of vehicles imposed under that section;
(c)section 88(7) of that Act (temporary minimum speed limits);
(d)section 89(1) of that Act (speeding offences generally);
(e)section 36(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) which consist in the failure to comply with an indication given by a light signal that vehicular traffic is not to proceed.
(3)Payments under this section shall be made to—
(a)the public authority in respect of whose expenditure the payments are being made; or
(b)any other public authority for payment, in accordance with arrangements agreed with the Secretary of State, to, or on behalf of, the public authority in respect of whose expenditure the payments are being made.
(4)Payments under this section shall be paid at such times, in such manner and subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.
(5)In this section “public authority” means—
(a)any highway authority (within the meaning of the Highways Act 1980 (c. 66));
(b)any police authority established under section 3 of the Police Act 1996 (c. 16), the Metropolitan Police Authority or the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a police authority;
(c)any responsible authority (within the meaning of section 55 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997 (c. 25)) or the Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority; and
(d)any body or other person not falling within paragraphs (a) to (c) and so far as exercising functions of a public nature.
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