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Road Traffic Act

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and what statutory instruments have been made under this Act. (81247)

The main purpose of the Road Traffic Act 1988 was to consolidate and replace earlier road traffic legislation in the overall interest of improving road safety. As amended, it remains the principal statute on this area of the law, regulating a wide range of road traffic issues, including driving standards, the construction and use of vehicles and driver licensing and instruction.

A considerable number of statutory instruments have been made under the Act since it came into force and a complete list could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as I explained in my answer to the hon. Member on 12 May 2006 Official Report, columns 652-53W, a consolidated version of the Act, published by Butterworths, is available online to Members of this House. This includes details of all the secondary legislation made under each provision of the Act.