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Road Safety Act 2006

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39Compulsory surrender of old-form licences

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(1)In the Road Traffic Act 1988, after section 98 insert—

98ACompulsory surrender of old-form licences

(1)The Secretary of State may by order require the holders of licences of a specified description, or any specified description of the holders of such licences, to surrender the licences and their counterparts to the Secretary of State.

(2)An order under this section may specify as the description of licences to be surrendered—

(a)licences which are not in the form of a photocard, or

(b)licences in the form of a photocard of a description no longer specified by the Secretary of State as a form in which licences are granted.

(3)An order under this section must specify the date by which the licences to which it relates (and their counterparts) are to be surrendered; and may specify different dates in relation to different descriptions of licence holders.

(4)An order under this section must include provision for the grant of a new licence to every holder of a licence surrendered (with its counterpart) in pursuance of the order who—

(a)pays such fee (if any) as is specified by the order, and

(b)provides the Secretary of State with such evidence or further evidence as the Secretary of State may require (which may include a photograph which is a current likeness of him).

(5)A replacement licence granted pursuant to provision made by virtue of subsection (4) above expires on the date on which the surrendered licence would have expired had it not been surrendered (but subject to subsection (6) below).

(6)Where the period for which the surrendered licence was granted was based on an error with respect to the licence holder’s date of birth such that (if the error had not been made) that licence would have been expressed to expire on a different date, the replacement licence expires on that different date.

(7)A person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with any requirement to surrender a licence and its counterpart imposed by an order under this section is guilty of an offence.

(8)An order under this section may—

(a)make different provision for different cases, and

(b)contain such incidental and supplementary provisions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(9)The power to make an order under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(10)Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State must consult with such representative organisations as he thinks fit.

(11)A statutory instrument containing an order under this section is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(2)In Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) (offences to which certain sections apply), after the entry relating to section 94A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) insert—

RTA section 98A(7)Driving licence holder failing to surrender licence and counterpart.Section 6 of this Act.

(3)In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to that Act (prosecution and punishment of offences: offences under the Traffic Acts), after the entry relating to section 96 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 insert—

RTA section 98A(7).Driving licence holder failing to surrender licence and counterpart.Summarily.Level 3 on the standard scale.

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