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ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENDERS ACT 1988

UK Public General Acts

Version 01/10/2002

1988 CHAPTER 53

Default Geographical Extent: E+W+S


  • Part I (E+W+S+N.I.). Trial
    • Introductory
    • Trial (E+W+S+N.I.)
    • Verdict
    • After conviction
  • Part II. Sentence
    • Introductory
    • Fine and imprisonment
    • Disqualification
    • Endorsement
    • General
  • Part III. Fixed Penalties
    • Introductory
    • Giving notices to suspected offenders
    • Notices fixed to vehicles
    • The fixed penalty procedure
    • Conditional offer of fixed penalty
    • Proceedings in fixed penalty cases
    • Miscellaneous
  • Part IV. Miscellaneous and General
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Introductory Text

Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988

1988 CHAPTER 53

An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to the prosecution and punishment (including the punishment without conviction) of road traffic offences with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission.

[15th November 1988]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1 Act amended by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), ss. 187(3), 188(1), 189(1), 190(1) and Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 2(3)

C2 Act excluded by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193, Sch. 4 paras. 5, 11 and Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 7

C3 Act applied by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), ss. 109(2), 183

C4 By Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53, SIF 39:1), s. 101(1), Sch. 12 para. 23; S.I. 1991/2208, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 it is provided (14.10.1991) that in relation to any time before the commencement of s. 70 of that 1991 Act (which came into force on 1.10.1992 by S.I. 1992/333, art. 2(2), Sch. 2) references in any enactment amended by that 1991 Act, to youth courts shall be construed as references to juvenile courts.

C5 Act modified (1.6.1997) by 1995 c. 13, s. 5(7) (with s. 8); S.I. 1997/267, art. 2(2)

Act applied (1.7.1997) by 1995 c. 13, s. 9(2) (with s. 8); S.I. 1997/267, art. 2(2)

Commencement Information

I1 Act partly in force at 15.5.89; see s. 99(2).


Part I (E+W+S+N.I.)
Trial



Introductory


1 Requirement of warning etc. of prosecutions for certain offences.

(1) Subject to section 2 of this Act, [F1 a person shall not be convicted of an offence to which this section applies unless]

(a) he was warned at the time the offence was committed that the question of prosecuting him for some one or other of the offences to which this section applies would be taken into consideration, or
(b) within fourteen days of the commission of the offence a summons (or, in Scotland, a complaint) for the offence was served on him, or
(c) within fourteen days of the commission of the offence a notice of the intended prosecution specifying the nature of the alleged offence and the time and place where it is alleged to have been committed, was—
(i) in the case of an offence under section 28 or 29 of the M1 Road Traffic Act 1988 (cycling offences) , served on him,
(ii) in the case of any other offence, served on him or on the person, if any, registered as the keeper of the vehicle at the time of the commission of the offence.
[F2 (1A) A notice required by this section to be served on any person may be served on that person—

(a) by delivering it to him;
(b) by addressing it to him and leaving it at his last known address; or
(c) by sending it by registered post, recorded delivery service or first class post addressed to him at his last known address.]
(2) A notice shall be deemed for the purposes of subsection (1) (c) above to have been served on a person if it was sent by registered post or recorded delivery service addressed to him at his last known address, notwithstanding that the notice was returned as undelivered or was for any other reason not received by him.

(3) The requirement of subsection (1) above shall in every case be deemed to have been complied with unless and until the contrary is proved.

(4) Schedule 1 to this Act shows the offences to which this section applies.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4 para. 80; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.

F2 S. 1(1A) inserted (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 33, s. 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 6(3); S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Appendix A

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C6 Ss. 1, 2 excluded by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193, Sch. 4 paras. 8, 11

C7 S. 1: power to exclude or modify conferred (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193A(2)(b) (inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 46(2); S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.).

Marginal Citations

M1 1988 c. 52.


2 Requirement of warning etc: supplementary.

(1) The requirement of section 1(1) of this Act does not apply in relation to an offence if, at the time of the offence or immediately after it, an accident occurs owing to the presence on a road of the vehicle in respect of which the offence was committed.

(2) The requirement of section 1(1) of this Act does not apply in relation to an offence in respect of which—

(a) a fixed penalty notice (within the meaning of Part III of this Act) has been given or fixed under any provision of that Part, or
(b) a notice has been given under section 54(4) of this Act.
(3) Failure to comply with the requirement of section 1(1) of this Act is not a bar to the conviction of the accused in a case where the court is satisfied—

(a) that neither the name and address of the accused nor the name and address of the registered keeper, if any, could with reasonable diligence have been ascertained in time for a summons or, as the case may be, a complaint to be served or for a notice to be served or sent in compliance with the requirement, or
(b) that the accused by his own conduct contributed to the failure.
[F3 (4) Failure to comply with the requirement of section 1(1) of this Act in relation to an offence is not a bar to the conviction of a person of that offence by virtue of the provisions of—

(a) section 24 of this Act, or
(b) any of the enactments mentioned in section 24(6) ;
but a person is not to be convicted of an offence by virtue of any of those provisions if section 1 applies to the offence with which he was charged and the requirement of section 1(1) was not satisfied in relation to the offence charged.]
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F3 S. 2(4) substituted (1.7.1992) for s. 2(4)-(6) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4 para. 81; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2,Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C8 Ss. 1, 2 excluded by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193, Sch. 4 paras. 8, 11

C9 S. 2: power to exclude or modify conferred (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193A(2)(b) (inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 46(2); S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2,Sch.).


3 Restriction on institution of proceedings for certain offences.

[F4 (1). . .

.]
(2) In England and Wales, proceedings for an offence under section 94(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (notice about relevant or prospective disability) shall not be instituted except by the Secretary of State or by a constable acting with the approval of the Secretary of State.

[F5 (2A) In subsection (2) above the reference to section 94(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 includes a reference to that section as applied by section 99D of that Act.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F4 S. 3(1) repealed (1.4.1991) by Road Traffic (Driver Licensing and Information Systems) Act 1989 (c. 22, SIF 107:1), s. 16, Sch. 6

F5 S. 3(2A) inserted (1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996//1974, reg. 3, Sch. 2 para. 1


4 Offences for which local authorities in England and Wales may institute proceedings. (E+W)

(1) The council of a county, metropolitan district or London Borough or the Common Council of the City of London may institute proceedings for an offence under section [F6 15A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (safety equipment for children in motor vehicles) or under section 17 or 18 of that Act] (helmets and other head-worn appliances for motor cyclists).

(2) The council of a county, metropolitan district or London Borough or the Common Council of the City of London may institute proceedings for an offence under section 27 of that Act (dogs on roads) relating to a road in their area.

(3) The council of a county, district or London borough or the Common Council of the City of London may institute proceedings for offences under section [F7 35A(1) , (2) or (5) ] of the M2 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are committed in connection with parking places provided by the council, or provided under any letting arrangements made by the council under section 33(4) of that Act.

(4) The council of a county, metropolitan district or London borough or the Common Council of the City of London may institute proceedings for an offence under section 47 or 52 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in connection with a designated parking place controlled by the council.

(5) In England, the council of a county or metropolitan district and, in Wales, the council of a county [F8 or county borough] may institute proceedings for an offence under section 53 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in connection with a designated parking place in the council’s area F9 . . .

(6) In this section “parking place” means a place where vehicles, or vehicles of any class, may wait and “designated parking place” has the same meaning as in the M3 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

(7) This section extends to England and Wales only.

[F10 (8) In relation to Wales, any reference in subsections (1) to (4) above to a county shall be read as including a reference to a county borough.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F6 Words in s. 4(1) substituted by Motor Vehicles (Safety Equipment for Children) Act 1991 (c. 14, SIF 107:1), s. 3(1).

F7 Words substituted by Parking Act 1989 (c. 16, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. para. 10

F8 Words in s. 4(5) substituted (1.4.1996) by 1994 c. 19, s. 22(1), Sch. 7 Pt. II, para. 41(2)(a); S.I. 1996/396, art. 3, Sch. 1

F9 Words in s. 4(5) repealed (1.4.1996) by 1994 c. 19, ss. 22(1), 66(8), Sch. 7 Pt. II, para. 41(2)(b), Sch. 18; S.I. 1996/396, arts. 3, 4, Sch. 1, Sch. 2

F10 S. 4(8) inserted (1.4.1996) by 1994 c. 19, s. 22(1), Sch. 7 Pt. II, para. 41(3); S.I. 1996/396, art. 3, Sch. 1

Marginal Citations

M2 1984 c. 27.

M3 1984 c. 27.


5 Exemption from Licensing Act offence.

A person liable to be charged with an offence under [F11 section 3A, 4] , 5, 7 or 30 of the M4 Road Traffic Act 1988 (drink and drugs) is not liable to be charged under section 12 of the M5 Licensing Act 1872 with the offence of being drunk while in charge, on a highway or other public place, of a carriage.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F11 Words in s. 5 substituted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4 para. 82; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2,Sch.

Marginal Citations

M4 1988 c. 52.

M5 1872 c. 94.


6 Time within which summary proceedings for certain offences must be commenced.

(1) Subject to subsection (2) below, summary proceedings for an offence to which this section applies may be brought within a period of six months from the date on which evidence sufficient in the opinion of the prosecutor to warrant the proceedings came to his knowledge.

(2) No such proceedings shall be brought by virtue of this section more than three years after the commission of the offence.

(3) For the purposes of this section, a certificate signed by or on behalf of the prosecutor and stating the date on which evidence sufficient in his opinion to warrant the proceedings came to his knowledge shall be conclusive evidence of that fact.

(4) A certificate stating that matter and purporting to be so signed shall be deemed to be so signed unless the contrary is proved.

(5) In relation to proceedings in Scotland, subsection (3) of [F12 section 136 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995] (date of commencement of proceedings) shall apply for the purposes of this section as it applies for the purposes of that.

(6) Schedule 1 to this Act shows the offences to which this section applies.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F12 Words in s. 6(5) substituted (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 40, ss. 5, 7(2), Sch. 4 para. 71(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C10 S. 6 applied (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 23, s. 51


7 Duty of accused to provide licence.

[F13 (1) ] A person who is prosecuted for an offence involving [F14 obligatory or discretionary disqualification] and who is the holder of a licence must—

(a) cause it to be delivered to the [F15 proper officer] of the court not later than the day before the date appointed for the hearing, or
(b) post it, at such a time that in the ordinary course of post it would be delivered not later than that day, in a letter duly addressed to the clerk and either registered or sent by the recorded delivery service, or
(c) have it with him at the hearing
[F16 and the foregoing obligations imposed on him as respects the licence also apply as respects the counterpart to the licence.]

[F17 (2) In subsection (1) above “proper officer” means—

(a) in relation to a magistrates’ court in England and Wales, the justices’ chief executive for the court, and
(b) in relation to any other court, the clerk of the court.]
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F13 Figure in s. 7 inserted (1.4.2001) by virtue of 1999 c. 22, s. 90(1), Sch. 13 para. 141 (with s. 107, Sch. 14 para. 7(2)); S.I. 2001/916, art. 2(a)(ii) (with Sch. 2 para. 2)

F14 Words in s. 7 substituted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4 para. 83; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.

F15 Words in s. 7(1)(a) substituted (1.4.2001) by 1999 c. 22, s. 90(1), Sch. 13 para. 141 (with s. 107, Sch. 14 para. 7(2)); S.I. 2001/916, art. 2(a)(ii) (with Sch. 2 para. 2)

F16 Words inserted by S.I. 1990/144, regs. 2(2), 3, Sch. 2 para. 1

F17 S. 7(2) inserted (1.4.2001) by 1999 c. 22, s. 90(1), Sch. 13 para. 141 (with s. 107, Sch. 14 para. 7(2)); S.I. 2001/916, art. 2(a)(ii) (with Sch. 2 para. 2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C11 S. 7 applied with modifications by S.I. 1987/1378, reg. 25(3) (as amended by S.I. 1990/842, reg. 9)

C12 S. 7: power to exclude or modify conferred (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193A(2)(b) (inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 46(2); S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.).

C13 S. 7 extended (1.6.1997) by 1995 c. 13, s. 6, Sch. 1 Pt. II, para. 3(2); S.I. 1997/267, art. 2(2)

C14 S. 7 applied (with modifications) (12.11.1999) by S.I. 1999/2864, reg. 80(5)(a)


8 Duty to include date of birth and sex in written plea of guilty.

A person who—

(a) gives a notification [F18 to a justices’ chief executive in pursuance of section 12(4) ] of the M6 Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (written pleas of guilty) , or
(b) gives a written intimation of a plea of guilty in pursuance of section 334(3) of the M7 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975,
in respect of an offence involving obligatory or discretionary disqualification or of such other offence as may be prescribed by regulations under section 105 of the M8 Road Traffic Act 1988, must include in the notification or intimation a statement of the date of birth and sex of the accused.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F18 Words in s. 8(a) substituted (1.4.2001) for words “to the clerk of a court in pursuance of section 12(2)" by virtue of 1999 c. 22, s. 90(1), Sch. 13 para. 142 (with s. 107, Sch. 14 para. 7(2)); S.I. 2001/916, art. 2(a)(ii) (with Sch. 2 para. 2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C15 S. 8: power to exclude or modify conferred (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52, SIF 107:1), s. 193A(2)(b) (inserted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 46(2); S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.).

Marginal Citations

M6 1980 c. 43.

M7 1975 c. 21.

M8 1988 c. 52.


Trial (E+W+S+N.I.)


9 Mode of trial.

An offence against a provision of the Traffic Acts specified in column 1 of Part I of Schedule 2 to this Act or regulations made under such a provision (the general nature of which offence is indicated in column 2) shall be punishable as shown against the offence in column 3 (that is, on summary conviction or on indictment or in either one way or the other).

10 Jurisdiction of district court in Scotland.

(1) Notwithstanding anything in any enactment or rule of law to the contrary, a district court in Scotland may try—

(a) any fixed penalty offence (within the meaning of Part III of this Act) , and
(b) any other offence in respect of which a conditional offer (within the meaning of sections 75 to 77 of this Act) may be sent.
(2) Subject to subsection (1) above, the district court may not try any offence involving obligatory endorsement.

11 Evidence by certificate as to driver, user or owner.

(1) In any proceedings in England and Wales for an offence to which this section applies, a certificate in the prescribed form, purporting to be signed by a constable and certifying that a person specified in the certificate stated to the constable—

(a) that a particular [F19 mechanically propelled vehicle] was being driven or used by, or belonged to, that person on a particular occasion, or
(b) that a particular [F19 mechanically propelled vehicle] on a particular occasion was used by, or belonged to, a firm and that he was, at the time of the statement, a partner in that firm, or
(c) that a particular [F19 mechanically propelled vehicle] on a particular occasion was used by, or belonged to, a corporation and that he was, at the time of the statement, a director, officer or employee of that corporation,
shall be admissible as evidence for the purpose of determining by whom the vehicle was being driven or used, or to whom it belonged, as the case may be, on that occasion.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) above makes a certificate admissible as evidence in proceedings for an offence except in a case where and to the like extent to which oral evidence to the like effect would have been admissible in those proceedings.

(3) Nothing in subsection (1) above makes a certificate admissible as evidence in proceedings for an offence—

(a) unless a copy of it has, not less than seven days before the hearing or trial, been served in the prescribed manner on the person charged with the offence, or
(b) if that person, not later than three days before the hearing or trial or within such further time as the court may in special circumstances allow, serves a notice in the prescribed form and manner on the prosecutor requiring attendance at the trial of the person who signed the certificate.
[F20 (3A) Where the proceedings mentioned in subsection (1) above are proceedings before a magistrates’ court inquiring into an offence as examining justices this section shall have effect with the omission of—

(a) subsection (2) , and
(b) in subsection (3) , paragraph (b) and the word “or” immediately preceding it.]
(4) In this section “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument.

(5) Schedule 1 to this Act shows the offences to which this section applies.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F19 Words in s. 11(1) substituted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4 para. 84; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2, Sch.

F20 S. 11(3A) inserted (8.3.1997) (EW) by 1996 c. 25, s. 47, Sch. 1 Pt. II, para. 35 (with s. 78(1)); S.I. 1997/683, art. 1(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C16 S. 11 extended by Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974 (c. xxxiv, SIF 107:1), s. 15(2)(b) (as amended by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 3 para. 12(a) )

C17 S. 11: power to extend conferred by Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27, SIF 107:1), s. 96(2)(d) (as substituted by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 3 para. 25(e) )