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Road Safety Bill
This bill improves road safety measures to reduce casualties on the roads.

Responsible department: Dept of Transport
Origin: House of Lords
Introduced: 24 May 2005
Second reading: 8 June 2005
Committee stage: 27 June, 4 July, 17, 26 October 2005
Report stage: 22 & 29 November 2005
Third reading: 10 January 2006
First reading: 11 January 2006
Second reading: 8 March 2006
Committee stage: 16, 21 & 22 March, 18 & 20 April, 19, 24 & 25 July, 4 & 5 October 2006
Report stage: 9 October 2006
Third reading: 9 October 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 8 November 2006
  • Police given power to use roadside breath testing admissable as evidence
  • Offenders disqualified for two years or more to re-take the driving test, closing a loophole allowing those at highest risk of re-offending to drive pending medical enquiries and encouraging take-up of the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme and introducing an experimental scheme for alcohol ignition interlocks
  • Variable fixed penalties for speeding, increasing the range of penalty points from 3-6 to 2-6 and maximum penalities increased for other road traffic offenses
  • Bans the carriage or use of speed camera detectors and jammers
  • Exemptions from speed limits and other traffic restrictions allowed in certain cases, such as donor vehicles
  • Provision is made to prevent foreign drivers escaping punishment in the UK by requiring them to pay a deposit where an offence is committed
  • Gives police the power to detect uninsured driving through the use of Automatic Number Plate Reading technology
  • Gives police access to insurance data and confers new enforcement powers on vehicle examiners

    BILL'S PROGRESS 2004/05
    Origin: House of Commons
    Introduced: 30 November 2004
    Second reading: 11 January 2005
    Programme motion: 11 January 2005
    Money resolution: 11 January 2005
    Committee stage: From 20 January 2005 to 3 February 2005
    Remaining stages: 8 March 2005
    This bill emanates from the government's ten-year road safety strategy, 'Tomorrow's Roads - Safer for Everyone', published in March 2000.

    The UK does have one of the best road safety records in Europe and it is improving, in spite of larger volumes of traffic.

    The government aims to reduce overall road traffic casualties by 40% and child deaths by 50% by 2010.

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