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Police powers to suspend driving licenses to be debated by MPs

5 January 2022

On Monday 10 January, MPs will debate a petition relating to police powers to suspend driving licenses.

Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 10 January)

Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)

Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #DrivingSuspensionDebate

Christina Rees MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

Tom’s Law - Give police the power to suspend driving licences

The petition, which has 109,000 signatures, states: “We want Police Officers to be able to provide a suspension notice from the moment an offender is caught drink, drug or dangerous driving until they appear in court. It would then be for the Judge to decide whether a ban continues or they are able to continue to drive again.”

In response to the petition, provided on 11 February 2021, the Government said: “The Government is committed to reducing road casualties and supporting responsible road users by identifying and prosecuting the few who make our roads less safe for the many.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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