Lords examines Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill

A red laser beam.
24 January 2018

The Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill began its committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Tuesday 23 January.

Members discussed subjects including parental responsibility, offences relating to shining lasers at air traffic control towers and government reporting of laser misuse following the passing of the Act.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords second reading: Tuesday 9 January

Members discussed the key points raised by the bill including transport safety, maximum fines and whether air traffic control towers should be included in the bill.

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill summary

The Bill would introduce an offence of shining or directing a laser beam towards a vehicle which dazzles or distracts, or is likely to dazzle or distract the person with control of the vehicle.

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