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Vehicles: Weight Restrictions

Volume 687: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 23 November (WA 19), what evidence the fixed penalty procedures working group has taken on (a) the number and frequency of, and (b) the cost of enforcement of, weight restrictions offences; and what comparison the working group has made of the fixed penalty for ignoring weight restrictions with more recent fixed penalties such as the £80 fixed penalty for anti-social behaviour. [HL402]

The fixed-penalty procedures working group has not taken such evidence. In reviewing the level of fixed penalties, the group normally considers relevant factors that might justify an across-the-board increase in the level of the standard fixed penalties and the small number of non-standard fixed penalties. It would not be practical to review individually the level of every fixed penalty.

The group has to date received no representation proposing an increase in the fixed-penalty level for failing to comply with a statutory weight restriction.