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Jail time added to driving bans

The Government is planning to extend driving bans by adding part of the time spent in jail for the same offence.

An amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill has been prompted by the fact that many prisoners "see out" driving bans during their time in jail.

The new Bill will enable courts to extend driving bans by the equivalent of half the time spent in prison.

The Ministry of Justice has said that when a road traffic offender commits an offence that attracts both a custodial sentence and a driving ban, it was essential for public confidence that the offender faces the full consequences.

A spokesman said: "We want to ensure that the full impact of any driving ban should be felt after the prison term has been completed."

The extensions will still allow courts to determine the appropriate sentence and length of ban for a particular offence.

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