Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Seventh Report


SEVENTH REPORT


FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF BOTH HOUSES APPOINTED TO SCRUTINISE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, ETC.

1. The Committee has considered the instruments set out in the Annex to this Report and has determined that the special attention of both Houses does not require to be drawn to any of them.

VEHICLES CRIME (REGISTRATION OF REGISTRATION PLATE SUPPLIERS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/2977)

2. The Committee draws the special attention of both Houses to these Regulations on the ground that they are defectively drafted.

3. Regulation 7 requires registered vehicle registration plate suppliers to keep specified records. Regulation 7(3) states that section 24(3) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 applies to the provisions of that regulation. In a memorandum printed in the Appendix, the Department for Transport acknowledges that this should have been a reference to section 24(4), which makes it an offence to contravene any provision to which it applies, and states that amending regulations will be made shortly. As the intention was to create a criminal offence, the Committee considers that the amendment should be made without delay. The Committee accordingly reports regulation 7(3) for defective drafting, acknowledged by the Department.


 
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