1 Title, application commencement

These Regulations may be cited as the Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2007; they apply in England, and come into force on 6th April 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see above.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see above.

2 Prescribed ranges of fixed penalties

2Prescribed ranges of fixed penalties

(1)    The amount of a fixed penalty capable of being specified by—

(a)    a principal litter authority under section 88(6A)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(b)    a principal litter authority under paragraph 7(4)(a) of Schedule 3A to the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(c)    a relevant local authority under section 43A(1)(a) of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003;

(d)    a primary authority or a secondary authority under section 60(1)(a) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 in relation to any dog control order made by that authority;

(e)    a local authority under section 74(2)(a) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005,

is not less than £50 and not more than £80.

(2)    The amount of a fixed penalty capable of being specified by—

(a)    a waste collection authority under section 47ZB(2)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(b)    a principal litter authority under section 94A(4)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(c)    a local authority under section 8A(2)(a) of the Noise Act 1996,

is not less than £75 and not more than £110.

(3)    An authority may specify a different amount for each of the provisions in this regulation.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

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3 Lesser amounts of fixed penalties

3Lesser amounts of fixed penalties

(1)    Where—

(a)    a litter authority acting under section 88(7) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(b)    a principal litter authority acting under paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 3A to the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(c)    a local authority acting under section 43A(3) of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003;

(d)    a primary authority or a secondary authority acting under section 60(3) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005;

(e)    a local authority acting under section 74(3) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005,

makes provision for treating a fixed penalty as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by that authority, such lesser amount shall be not less than £50.

(2)    Where—

(a)    a waste collection authority acting under section 47ZB(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(b)    a principal litter authority acting under section 94A(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(c)    a local authority acting under section 8A(3) of the Noise Act 1996;

(d)    a local authority acting under section 6(10) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005,

makes provision for treating a fixed penalty as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by that authority, such lesser amount shall be not less than £60.

(3)    Where a local authority acting under section 2A(10) of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 makes provision for treating a fixed penalty as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by that authority, such lesser amount shall be not less than £120.

(4)    Where—

(a)    a regulation authority acting under section 5B(11) of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989;

(b)    an enforcement authority acting under section 34A(11) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990,

makes provision for treating a fixed penalty as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by that authority, such lesser amount shall be not less than £180.

(5)    An authority may specify a different amount for each of the provisions in this regulation.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

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4 Use of fixed penalty receipts: specification of functions

4Use of fixed penalty receipts: specification of functions

(1)    Where, and for as long as, any authority of a type described in paragraph (2) is categorised as “excellent”, “good”, “4 stars”, “3 stars” or “2 stars” in a categorisation Order, any functions of that authority (in addition to those already specified in the section referred to in the relevant description) are hereby specified as functions or, in the case of an authority of a type described in paragraph (2)(d) or (f), as “qualifying functions”, of the authority for the purposes of which it may use its fixed penalty receipts.

(2)    The types of authority are—

(a)    a local authority to which section 2C of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 applies;

(b)    a waste collection authority to which section 5C of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 applies;

(c)    a waste collection authority to which section 73A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 applies;

(d)    a local authority to which section 9(4), as read with section 9(4A), of the Noise Act 1996 applies;

(e)    a local authority to which section 8 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 applies;

(f)    a local authority to which section 75 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 applies.

(3)    In this regulation and in regulation 5 a “categorisation Order” means an Order made by the Secretary of State under section 99(4) of the Local Government Act 2003.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

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5 Use of fixed penalty receipts: transitional arrangement

5Use of fixed penalty receipts: transitional arrangement

If any authority of a type described in regulation 4(2) ceases to be categorised as “excellent”, “good, “4 stars”, “3 stars” or “2 stars” in a categorisation Order, regulation 4(1) will continue to apply for a period of one year from the date on which that cessation comes into effect as though that authority were still categorised as “excellent”, “good”, “4 stars”, “3 stars” or “2 stars”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

6 Condition to be satisfied by a person before he may issue certain fixed penalty notices

6Condition to be satisfied by a person before he may issue certain fixed penalty notices

(1)    No person shall be an authorised officer of a parish council, or in relation to the provision listed in sub-paragraph (c) of another person or body designated under section 58(3) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 as a secondary authority for the purposes of Chapter 1 of Part 6 of that Act, for the purpose of giving notices under—

(a)    section 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

(b)    section 43(1) of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003;

(c)    section 59 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005,

unless he has successfully completed an approved course of training provided by a recognised training provider.

(2)    For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)    an approved course of training is one approved by the Secretary of State as being suitable for equipping a person who successfully completes it for the purpose of issuing notices under one or more of the provisions listed in paragraph (1);

(b)    a recognised training provider is one recognised by the Secretary of State as providing an approved course of training.

(3)    The Secretary of State shall publish a list of—

(a)    the courses approved, and

(b)    the training providers recognised,

by him in accordance with paragraph (2).

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

7 Revocation

7Revocation

The Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2006 are revoked.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 6 April 2007: see reg 1.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1.

Signature

Ben Bradshaw

Minister of State

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

28th January 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations revoke and remake the Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2006 to add categories “4 stars”, “3 stars” and “2 stars” to the existing categories “excellent” and “good” (regulations 4 and 5).

The Regulations prescribe the ranges within which the amounts of certain fixed penalties that are capable of being specified (in place of the amount prescribed in the relevant Statute) by a local authority are required to fall (regulation 2). The Regulations also prescribe the minimum amount of fixed penalty that a local authority may (if it chooses to do so) treat as full payment of the fixed penalty where a lesser amount than the full prescribed amount (whether this is the amount specified locally by the authority, or that prescribed in the relevant Statute) is paid within such period of less than 14 days as may be specified by the local authority in the notice (regulation 3).

Accordingly, in respect of a notice of a fixed penalty that is capable of being issued for certain offences for which the amount prescribed in the relevant Statute is £75, the Regulations prescribe that the range within which a local authority may choose to specify its own locally applicable amount is not less than £50 and not more than £80 (regulation 2(1)). If a local authority decides to treat a lesser sum paid within a specified period as full payment of the fixed penalty, the Regulations provide that that lesser sum shall not be less than £50 (regulation 3(1)).

In respect of certain other offences, for which the amount of fixed penalty prescribed in the relevant Statute is £100, the Regulations prescribe that the range within which a local authority may choose to specify its own locally applicable amount is not less than £75 and not more than £110 (regulation 2(2)). In respect of any of those offences, if a local authority decides to treat a lesser sum paid within a specified period as full payment of the fixed penalty, the Regulations provide that that lesser sum shall not be less than £60 (regulation 3(2)(a), (b) and (c)).

In respect of other offences, for which the amounts of fixed penalty prescribed in the relevant Statutes are, respectively, £100, £200 and £300 (but in each case with no facility for an authority to specify a different locally applicable amount), an authority may still decide to treat a lesser sum paid within a specified period as full payment of the fixed penalty, and the Regulations provide that those lesser sums shall not be less than £60 (regulation 3(2)(d)); £120 (regulation 3(3)); or £180 (regulation 3(4)), respectively.

The Regulations also provide that certain fixed penalty receipts paid to a local authority may, where such a local authority is categorised as excellent, good, 4 stars, 3 stars or 2 stars in a categorisation Order made by the Secretary of State under section 99(4) of the Local Government Act 2003, be used for any functions of that local authority. Such functions are accordingly specified as “qualifying functions” of that authority, in addition to the qualifying functions already specified in respect of such fixed penalty receipts in the relevant Statutes (regulation 4).

In the event that an authority described in regulation 4 ceases to be categorised as excellent, good, 4 stars, 3 stars or 2 stars, the Regulations provide that it may continue to use any fixed penalty receipts in relation to which regulation 4 would otherwise have applied for any of its functions for one year after it ceases to be categorised as 4 stars, 3 stars or 2 stars (regulation 5).

The Regulations also prescribe the condition that must be satisfied before a person may be an authorised officer of a parish council for the purposes of giving a notice of a fixed penalty under the provisions mentioned in regulation 6(1). The condition is that the person should successfully complete a course of training approved by the Secretary of State that is provided by a training provider recognised by the Secretary of State (regulation 6).

A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the private or voluntary sectors is foreseen.