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Road Safety Act 2006

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

    1. Drink driving

    2. Speeding

    3. New Offences

    4. Penalties and enforcement

    5. Driver training

    6. Driver fatigue

    7. Driver and vehicle licensing

    8. Motor Insurance

    9. Other measures

  3. Background

  4. Structure

  5. Commentary on Sections and Schedules

    1. Note on abbreviations

  6. Payments for Road Safety

    1. Section 1: Road Safety Grants

    2. Section 2: Application of surplus income from safety camera enforcement

  7. Fixed Penalties

    1. Section 3: Graduated fixed penalties

    2. Section 4: Graduated fixed penalty points

    3. Section 5 (and Schedule 1): Giving of fixed penalty notices by vehicle examiners

    4. Section 6: Goods vehicles operator licensing

    5. Section 7: Public passenger vehicle licensing

  8. New System of Endorsement

    1. Sections 8, 9 and 10 and Schedules 2 and 3: New system of endorsement

  9. Deposits and Prohibition on Driving

    1. Section 11: Financial penalty deposits

    2. Section 12 (and Schedule 4): Prohibition on driving: immobilisation, removal and disposal of vehicles

    3. DRINK-DRIVING

      1. Section 13: High risk offenders: medical enquiries following disqualification

      2. Section 14: Period of endorsement for failure to allow specimen to be tested

      3. Section 15: Alcohol ignition interlocks

      4. Section 16: Experimental period for section 15

  10. Speeding

    1. Section 17: Penalty points

    2. Section 18: Speed assessment equipment detection devices

    3. Section 19: Exemptions from speed limits

  11. New Offences

    1. Section 20: Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving

    2. Section 21: Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers

    3. Section 22 and Schedule 5: Offence of keeping vehicle which does not meet insurance requirements and New Schedule 2A to the Road Traffic Act 1988

  12. Increases in Penalties

    1. Section 23: Careless, and inconsiderate, driving

    2. Section 24: Breach of requirements relating to children and seat belts

    3. Section 25: Using vehicle in dangerous condition

    4. Section 26: Breach of requirements as to control of vehicle, mobile telephones

    5. Section 27: Power of police to stop vehicle

    6. Section 28: Furious driving

    7. Section 29: Breach of duty to give information as to identity of driver

  13. Other Provisions about Offences

    1. Section 30: Meaning of driving without due care and attention

    2. Section 31: Extension of offence in section 3A of Road Traffic Act 1988

    3. Section 32: Alternative verdict on unsuccessful culpable homicide prosecution

    4. Section 33: Alternative verdict on unsuccessful manslaughter prosecution

  14. Attendance on Courses

    1. Section 34: Penalty points

    2. Section 35: Reduced disqualification period for attendance on course

  15. Driving Standards

    1. Section 36: Driving tests

    2. Section 37: Disqualification until test is passed

    3. Section 38: Granting of full licence

    4. Section 39: Compulsory surrender of old-form licences

    5. Section 40: Fee for renewal of photocard licence and issue of certain alternative licences

    6. Section 41: Driver training

    7. Section 42: Driving instruction

    8. Schedule 6

      1. New section 123: Requirement of registration

      2. New section 123A: Paid driving instruction: offences

      3. New section 133ZA (Training)

      4. New section 141A (Interpretation)

    9. Section 43: Tests: approved assistants

  16. Regulation of Registration Plate Suppliers

    1. Section 44: Enforcement authorities; Section 45: Registration plates; and Section 46: Extension to Scotland and Northern Ireland

  17. Information

    1. Section 47: Particulars to be included in vehicles register

    2. Section 48: Records of goods vehicle examinations

    3. Section 49: Disclosure to foreign authorities of licensing and registration information

  18. Level Crossings

    1. Section 50: Safety arrangements at level crossings

    2. Section 51: Delegation of power to make level crossing orders

  19. Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles

    1. Section 52: Immediate suspension and revocation of drivers' licences

    2. Section 53: Abolition of "contract exemption"

    3. Section 54: Private hire vehicles in London

  20. Miscellaneous

    1. Section 55: Trunk Road picnic areas

    2. Section 56: Vehicles modified to run on fuel stored under pressure

    3. Section 57: Powers to regulate transport of radioactive material

    4. Section 58: Minor corrections

  21. Supplementary Provisions

    1. Section 60: Power to make amendments

    2. Section 61: Commencement

  22. Public Service Manpower Implications

  23. Territorial Extent

    1. Application to Wales

  24. Hansard References

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