Road Safety Act 2006

Prospective

Increases in penaltiesE+W+S+N.I.

23Careless, and inconsiderate, drivingE+W+S+N.I.

In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), in the entry relating to section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (careless, and inconsiderate, driving), in column (4) (punishment), for “Level 4” substitute “ Level 5 ”.

24Breach of requirements relating to children and seat beltsE+W+S+N.I.

In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), in the entry relating to section 15(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (driving a motor vehicle in contravention of requirements relating to seat belts where children in rear seat), in column (4) (punishment), for “Level 1” substitute “ Level 2 ”.

25Using vehicle in dangerous condition etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), in the entry relating to section 40A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (using vehicle in dangerous condition etc.), in column (5) (disqualification), for “Discretionary.” substitute—

(a) Obligatory if committed within three years of a previous conviction of the offender under section 40A.

(b) Discretionary in any other case.

(2)In section 34 of that Act (disqualification for certain offences), after subsection (4A) insert—

(4B)Where a person convicted of an offence under section 40A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (using vehicle in dangerous condition etc.) has within the three years immediately preceding the commission of the offence been convicted of any such offence, subsection (1) above shall apply in relation to him as if the reference to twelve months were a reference to six months.

26Breach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Before section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 insert—

41DBreach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones etc.

A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a construction and use requirement—

(a)as to not driving a motor vehicle in a position which does not give proper control or a full view of the road and traffic ahead, or not causing or permitting the driving of a motor vehicle by another person in such a position, or

(b)as to not driving or supervising the driving of a motor vehicle while using a hand-held mobile telephone or other hand-held interactive communication device, or not causing or permitting the driving of a motor vehicle by another person using such a telephone or other device,

is guilty of an offence.

(2)In section 42(a) of that Act (breach of other construction and use requirements), before “of” insert “ or 41D ”.

(3)In Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (offences to which certain sections apply), before the entry relating to section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 insert—

RTA section 41D.Breach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones etc.Sections 11 and 12(1) of this Act.

(4)In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to that Act (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), before the entry relating to section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) insert—

RTA section 41DBreach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones etc.Summarily.

(a) Level 4 on the standard scale if committed in respect of a goods vehicle or a vehicle adapted to carry more than eight passengers.

(b) Level 3 on the standard scale in any other case.

Discretionary.Obligatory.3.

(5)In Schedule 3 to that Act (fixed penalty offences), before the entry relating to section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 insert—

RTA section 41DBreach of requirement as to control of vehicle, mobile telephone etc.

27Power of police to stop vehicleE+W+S+N.I.

In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), in the entry relating to section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (failing to stop mechanically propelled vehicle or cycle when required to do so), in column (4) (punishment), for “Level 3 on the standard scale.” substitute—

(a) Level 5 on the standard scale if committed by a person driving a mechanically propelled vehicle.

(b) Level 3 on the standard scale if committed by a person riding a cycle.and, in column (2) (general nature of offence), for “motor” substitute “ mechanically propelled ”.

28Furious drivingE+W+S+N.I.

In Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences otherwise than under the Traffic Acts), after the entry relating to manslaughter and culpable homicide insert—

An offence under section 35 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 (furious driving).Discretionary.Obligatory if committed in respect of a mechanically propelled vehicle.3-9

29Breach of duty to give information as to identity of driver etc.E+W+S+N.I.

In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), in the entry relating to section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) (duty to give information as to identity of driver etc. in certain circumstances), in column (7) (penalty points), for “3” substitute “ 6 ”.