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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 30th January 2001

Consideration of Bill


VEHICLES (CRIME) BILL

NEW CLAUSES

Offence of making false statements

   

Mr Secretary Straw

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A person who, in making an application to be registered in the register of a local authority or to renew his registration in such a register—

    (a) makes a statement which he knows to be false in a material particular; or

    (b) recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular,

    shall be guilty of an offence and, subject to subsection (2), liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

    (2) A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale if—

    (a) any previous application of his to the local authority concerned for registration or renewal of registration was refused under section 3(3); or

    (b) any previous registration of his in the register of the local authority concerned was cancelled under section 4(1).'.


Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc

   

Mr Secretary Straw

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State may make payments in respect of the whole or any part of the expenditure of a public authority in relation to—

    (a) the prevention or detection of offences to which subsection (2) applies; or

    (b) any enforcement action or proceedings in respect of such offences or any alleged such offences.

    (2) This subsection applies to offences under—

    (a) section 16 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which consist in contraventions of restrictions on the speed of vehicles imposed under section 14 of that Act;

    (b) subsection (4) of section 17 of that Act which consist in contraventions of restrictions on the speed of vehicles imposed under that section;

    (c) section 88(7) of that Act (temporary minimum speed limits);

    (d) section 89(1) of that Act (speeding offences generally);

    (e) section 36(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which consist in the failure to comply with an indication given by a light signal that vehicular traffic is not to proceed.

    (3) Payments under this section shall be made to—

    (a) the public authority in respect of whose expenditure the payments are being made; or

    (b) any other public authority for payment, in accordance with arrangements agreed with the Secretary of State, to, or on behalf of, the public authority in respect of whose expenditure the payments are being made.

    (4) Payments under this section shall be paid at such times, in such manner and subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.

    (5) In this section "public authority" means—

    (a) any highway authority (within the meaning of the Highways Act 1980);

    (b) any police authority established under section 3 of the Police Act 1996, the Metropolitan Police Authority or the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a police authority;

    (c) any responsible authority (within the meaning of section 55 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997) or the Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority; and

    (d) any body or other person not falling within paragraphs (a) to (c) and so far as exercising functions of a public nature.'.


Identifying marks on vehicles

   

Mr David Chidgey

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    'It shall be an offence for any person

    (a) to be in possession of a motor vehicle or motorcycle which does not show a valid identifying mark, or

    (b) to deface, remove or otherwise alter or attempt to alter a valid vehicle identifying mark;

    and for the purposes of this Act a valid identifying mark shall be those numbers, letters or combination thereof marked on or affixed to the vehicle by the original manufacturer for the purpose of identification and so registered in the registration documents issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or such other agency as shall be responsible for such registration.'.


Inspection of premises: Part II

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )—(1) A justice of the peace may issue a warrant authorising a constable or (as the case may be) an authorised person to enter and inspect premises, provided that admission to the premises is reasonably required to secure compliance with the provisions of this Part, or to ascertain whether these provisions are being complied with.

    (2) A constable or an authorised person may, if necessary, use reasonable force in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under subsection (1).

    (3) A constable or an authorised person may at any reasonable time—

    (a) require production of, and inspect, any registration plates kept at the premises; and

    (b) require production of, inspect and take copies of or extracts from any records which the person carrying on business as a registration plate supplier is required to keep at such premises by virtue of this Part.

    (4) A constable or an authorised person in seeking to enter any premises in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under subsection (1) shall, if required by or on behalf of the owner or occupier or person in charge of the premises, produce evidence of his identity, and of his authority for entering before doing so.

    (5) Any person who obstructs an authorised person in the exercise of his duties under a warrant issued under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.'.


Provisions relating to regional symbols

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    'After section 27 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (registration marks) there shall be inserted—

"Provisions relating to regional symbols

    (27B)—(1) The Secretary of State shall prescribe no specifications under section 27A that require a registration plate to contain or display any flag or symbol of the European Union.

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall by regulations provide for any registration plate to contain or display a regional flag specified by the owner of the relevant vehicle.".'.


Abandoned vehicles: payments to local authorities

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '2A. The Secretary of State may make payments to local authorities in respect of expenditure incurred by them in complying with the provisions of section 3(1) below, though such payments shall not exceed the amounts paid in fines in respect of offences under section 2(1)(a) above.'.


Inspection of premises: Part I

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )—(1) A justice of the peace may issue a warrant authorising a constable or (as the case may be) an authorised person to enter and inspect premises, provided that admission to the premises is reasonably required to secure compliance with the provisions of this Part, or to ascertain whether these provisions are being complied with.

    (2) A constable or an authorised person may, if necessary, use reasonable force in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under subsection (1).

    (3) A constable or an authorised person may at any reasonable time—

    (a) require production of, and inspect, any motor vehicles or salvageable parts kept at the premises; and

    (b) require production of, inspect and take copies of or extracts from any records which the person carrying on business as a motor salvage operator is required to keep at such premises by virtue of this Part.

    (4) A constable or an authorised person in seeking to enter any premises in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under subsection (1) shall, if required by or on behalf of the owner or occupier or person in charge of the premises, produce evidence of his identity, and of his authority for entering before doing so.

    (5) Any person who obstructs an authorised person in the exercise of his duties under a warrant issued under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

32

Page     1,     line     22     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(e) wholly or partly in the purchase of used motor vehicle parts and their use or re-sale; or

    (f) wholly or partly in the purchase of motor vehicles and the use or re-sale of their parts.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

33

Page     2,     line     43     [Clause     3],     at end insert 'so long as this is no more than the amount necessary to recover the costs of processing the application.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

34

Page     2,     line     46     [Clause     3],     after 'recovering', insert 'a sum no greater than'.

 
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