Search Legislation

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As enacted)

Opening Options

 Help about opening options

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally enacted). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

2Offences relating to air traffic services

(1)A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person shines or directs a laser beam—

(i)towards an air traffic facility, or

(ii)towards a person providing air traffic services, and

(b)the laser beam dazzles or distracts, or is likely to dazzle or distract, a person providing air traffic services.

(2)It is a defence to show—

(a)that the person had a reasonable excuse for shining or directing the laser beam towards the facility or person, or

(b)that the person—

(i)did not intend to shine or direct the laser beam towards the facility or person, and

(ii)exercised all due diligence and took all reasonable precautions to avoid doing so.

(3)A person is taken to have shown a fact mentioned in subsection (2) if—

(a)sufficient evidence is adduced to raise an issue with respect to it, and

(b)the contrary is not proved beyond reasonable doubt.

(4)A person who commits an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, to a fine or to both;

(b)on summary conviction in Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;

(c)on summary conviction in Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;

(d)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, to a fine or to both.

(5)In relation to an offence committed before the coming into force of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the reference in subsection (4)(a) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to six months.

(6)In this section—

  • “air traffic facility” means any building, structure, vehicle or other place from which air traffic services are provided;

  • “air traffic services” has the meaning given by section 98(1) of the Transport Act 2000.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources