Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — New Clause 22 — Increase Maximim Penalty for Driving While Disqualified to Two Years Imprisonment — 12 May 2014 at 18:30

The majority of MPs rejected a proposal to increase the maximum penalty for driving while disqualified from six months imprisonment to two years imprisonment.

In order to make the longer sentence available the rejected proposal included provisions to enable a charge of driving while disqualified to be tried in the Crown Court (triable either way).

An explanation of the intent of the amendment rejected in this vote was given as:

  • Makes the offence of driving while disqualified triable either way, with a maximum penalty of 2 years’ imprisonment for conviction on indictment.

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was:

  • Penalty for driving while disqualified
  • ‘(1) In Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (prosecution and punishment of offences under the Traffic Acts) in the entry relating to the offence of obtaining licence, or driving, while disqualified, section 103(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988
  • (a) in column 3 leave out “6 months” and insert “12 months”;
  • (b) in column 2 below “(c) On indictment, in Scotland”, insert “(d) On indictment, in England and Wales”; and
  • (c) in column 3 below “(c) 12 months or a fine or both” insert “(d) 2 years or a fine or both”.
  • (2) In relation to an offence committed before section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into force, the reference to 12 months is to be read as reference to six months.
  • (3) The amendment made by this section applies only in relation to an offence committed on or after the day on which it comes into force.’.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con245 (+2 tell) 0081.3%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab0 191 (+2 tell)074.8%
LDem46 0082.1%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 1033.3%
Total:291 196078.3%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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