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(1)A person who assaults a traffic officer in the execution of his duties is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (or both).
(2)A person who resists or wilfully obstructs a traffic officer in the execution of his duties is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (or both).
(3)A person who, with intent to deceive—
(a)impersonates a traffic officer,
(b)makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he is a traffic officer, or
(c)makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he has powers as a traffic officer that exceed the powers he actually has,
is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (or both).
(4)A person to whom this subsection applies who fails to give his name and address to a traffic officer in uniform on being required to do so by that officer is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(5)Subsection (4) applies to a person whom the traffic officer reasonably believes to have been the driver of a vehicle at a time of a failure to comply with—
(a)a direction given in relation to that vehicle under a power conferred by section 6, or
(b)the indication given by a traffic sign placed under a power conferred by section 7.
(6)In the case of offences committed before the commencement of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003—
(a)subsections (1) and (3) apply as if for “51 weeks” there were substituted “ six months ”; and
(b)subsection (2) applies as if for “51 weeks” there were substituted “ one month ”.
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