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quantities of litter. These new offences are intended to deal with the dumping of things like waste from businesses, waste oil, builders’ rubble, old appliances and whitegoods. The bill does not alter the current offence provisions for small littering such as the dropping of a wrapper or a cigarette butt.

The bill also streamlines the process under the Litter Act 2004 whereby the territory can recover the cost of removal of illegally dumped waste and the restoration of public areas affected by the illegal dumping from perpetrators.

The bill also enables the police to use their powers under division 2.3 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act to impound motor vehicles used in the commission of various offences under the Dangerous Substances Act and the Litter Act 2004. I commend this bill to the house.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2)

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.36): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill amends provisions in the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1999 and the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2000 dealing with demerit points. The amendments in this bill were contained in the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2008, which was introduced in June 2008 but which was not debated before the term of the previous Assembly expired.

Under the demerit points scheme, if a person incurs more than the specified number of demerit points for that person’s licence category within a three-year period because the person has committed traffic infringements that attract demerit points, the person’s licence will be suspended or cancelled. When the relevant number of demerit points has been recorded, the person is sent a notice advising that the person’s licence will be suspended, or cancelled as the case may be, from the date of effect set out in the notice.

The proposed amendments in the bill apply where a person, whose licence has already been suspended, nevertheless continues to drive, incurs demerit points and reaches the relevant number of demerit points to trigger a demerit points suspension—or, for restricted or probationary licence holders, a licence cancellation. Under the current legislation, a driver in this situation will not be sent a notice about the impending demerit points suspension until the person’s existing suspension is lifted, which may

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