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(1)A person to whom a notice under section 31 has been given may give notice to the Secretary of State that he objects to the penalty on one or more of the following grounds—
(a)that he is not liable to it;
(b)that the circumstances of the contravention in respect of which he is liable make the imposition of a penalty unreasonable;
(c)that the amount of the penalty is too high.
(2)The notice of objection—
(a)must set out the grounds of the objection and the objector's reasons for objecting on those grounds; and
(b)must be given to the Secretary of State in the prescribed manner and within the prescribed period after the giving of the notice imposing the penalty.
(3)The Secretary of State must consider a notice of objection given in accordance with this section and may then—
(a)cancel the penalty;
(c)increase it; or
(4)The Secretary of State must not enforce a penalty in respect of which he has received a notice of objection before he has notified the objector of the outcome of his consideration of the objection.
(5)That notification of the outcome of his consideration must be given, in the prescribed manner—
(a)before the end of the prescribed period; or
(b)within such longer period as he may agree with the objector.
(6)Where, on consideration of an objection, the Secretary of State increases the penalty, he must give the objector a new penalty notice under section 31; and, where he reduces it, he must notify the objector of the reduced amount.
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