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Bus Lanes

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will raise the penalty for illegal use of bus lanes. [16839]

ReviewConsultationExpected completion date
Joint review with Northern Ireland Office to consider permanent United Kingdom wide counter terrorism legislationConsultation document to be published early 1998Autumn 1998
Review of the law relating to bribery and corruption. "Prevention of Corruption— Consolidation and Amendment of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1889–1916: A Government Statement"—issued June 1997Discussion paper: "Clarification of the Law relating to Bribery of an MP"—issued December 1996Early 1998
Strategic Review of National Police TrainingNo formal consultation paperEarly 1998
Inter-Departmental Review of Police PensionsConsultation document still to be issuedTo be decided
Review of Firefighters' Pension SchemeConsultation document still to be issuedTo be decided
Review of Community Fire SafetyConsultation document on the strategy proposed in the report of the Community Fire Safety Task Force published November 1997To be decided
Review of Prison Nursing ServicesConsultation document issued 21 October 1997February 1998
Review of long-term future of organisation of Prison Service Health CareJoint Prison Service/Department of Health Working Group. Consultation document not yet issuedMid 1998
Review of Prison Service Drug StrategyNo consultation document issuedMarch 1998
Review of Prisons Investigations StrategyNo consultation document issuedFirst stage completion April 1998
Review of the operation of release of prisoners on temporary licenceNo consultation document issued, but consultation with Police/Probation Service and other interested parties to be carried out by the end of 1997Mid 1998
Review of Government proposals on reform of Youth Justice SystemThree consultation papers: "Tackling Youth Crime"—September 1997, "New National and Local Focus on Youth Crime"— October 1997 "Tackling Delays in Youth Justice System"—October 1997Results of review to be reflected in Crime and Disorder Bill
Review of measures to deal with anti-social behaviourConsultation document on community safety orders published 9 September 1997Results of review to be reflected in Crime and Disorder Bill

Illegal use of a bus lane is an offence under section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and carries a maximum fine of £1,000. An offence can be dealt with under the fixed penalty procedure, in which case the penalty is currently £20.We have no plans to increase the maximum penalty which may be imposed by the courts, but we are reviewing the current level of the fixed penalty.