Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for Filming) Bill (HC Bill 71)

A BILL

TO

Make provision for the restriction or regulation of traffic on roads in
connection with filming; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Prohibition or restriction of traffic on roads in connection with filming

(1) The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 is amended as set out in subsections (2)
to (6).

(2) After section 16B insert—

16BA 5 Prohibition or restriction on roads in England and Wales in
connection with filming

(1) If the traffic authority for a road in England or Wales are satisfied that
traffic on the road should be restricted or prohibited for the purpose
of—

(a) 10facilitating any filming, or

(b) reducing the disruption to traffic likely to be caused by any
filming,

the authority may by order restrict or prohibit temporarily the use of
the road, or any part of it, by vehicles or vehicles of any class or by
15pedestrians, to such extent and subject to such conditions or exceptions
as they may consider necessary or expedient.

(2) Before making an order under this section the authority must satisfy
themselves that it is not reasonably practicable for the filming to take
place without restricting or prohibiting use of the road.

(3) 20An order under this section may also relate to a road for which the
traffic authority making the order (“the initiating authority”) is not the
traffic authority provided that—

(a) the initiating authority is satisfied of the matters mentioned in
subsections (1) and (2) in relation to the road concerned, and

(b) 25the initiating authority obtains the agreement of the traffic
authority for the road concerned.

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(4) Subsections (8) to (11) of section 16A apply for the purposes of this
section as they apply for the purposes of that section, but with the
reference in subsection (10)(b) to the purposes mentioned in subsection
(2) being read as a reference to the purposes mentioned in subsection
5(1) of this section.

16BB Restrictions on orders under section 16BA

(1) An order under section 16BA of this Act is not to continue in force for a
period of more than 7 days beginning with the day on which it comes
into force unless—

(a) 10the order is made by the Secretary of State, a strategic highways
company or the Welsh Ministers as the traffic authority for the
road concerned, or

(b) before the order is made the relevant Minister has agreed that it
should continue in force for a longer period.

(2) 15Where an order under section 16BA of this Act has not ceased to be in
force the traffic authority that made the order may, subject to
subsections (3) and (4), from time to time direct that the order is to
continue in force for a further period not exceeding 3 days beginning
with the day on which it would otherwise cease to be in force.

(3) 20A traffic authority may give a direction under subsection (2) only if—

(a) the filming for which the order was made has not been
completed, and

(b) the traffic authority consider it appropriate for the order to
continue in force.

(4) 25Where a traffic authority (“the initiating authority”) has made an order
under section 16BA of this Act that relates to a road for which the
initiating authority is not the traffic authority, the initiating authority
may not give a direction under subsection (2) in respect of that order
except with the agreement of—

(a) 30the traffic authority for the road concerned, and

(b) the relevant Minister.

(5) If in any calendar year a length of road has been affected by 6 orders
made under section 16BA of this Act, no further order may be made in
that calendar year so as to affect the same length of road unless the
35further order—

(a) is made by the Secretary of State, a strategic highways company
or the Welsh Ministers as the traffic authority for the road
concerned, or

(b) is made with the agreement of the relevant Minister.

(6)
40 For the purposes of subsection (5), a length of road is affected by an
order under section 16BA of this Act if the order contains provision—

(a) prohibiting or restricting traffic on that length of road, or

(b) suspending any statutory provision applying to traffic on that
length of road.

(7) 45The “relevant Minister” means—

(a) the Secretary of State, where—

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(i) all the roads to which the order relates are in England or
are special Welsh roads (including cases where the
order relates to both descriptions of road), or

(ii) the order is made by the Welsh Ministers and relates to
5a road in England or a special Welsh road;

(b) the Welsh Ministers, where—

(i) all the roads to which the order relates are in Wales and
none of them are special Welsh roads, or

(ii) the order is made by the Secretary of State and relates to
10a road in Wales other than a special Welsh road;

(c) the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers, in any other case.

(8) “Special Welsh road” means a road in Wales for which the Secretary of
State or a strategic highways company is the traffic authority.

(3) In section 16C (supplementary provision about orders)—

(a) 15in subsections (1) and (2), after “16A” insert “or 16BA”, and

(b) in the heading, after “16A” insert “and 16BA”.

(4) In section 68 (placing of traffic signs in exercise of powers), in subsection (2),
after “16A” insert “, 16BA,”.

(5) In section 124 (provisions about orders), in subsection (2), after “16A” insert “,
2016BA,”.

(6) In Schedule 9 (special provisions for certain orders), in paragraphs 27(1) and
34(1)(a), after “16A” insert “, 16BA,”.

(7) In Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (prosecution and
punishment of offences), in Part 1, in the entry relating to section 16C(1) of the
25Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, for “relating to relevant event” substitute
“imposed by order under section 16A or 16BA”.

(8) In Schedule 7 to the Traffic Management Act 2004 (road traffic contraventions
subject to civil enforcement), in paragraph 8(2), for “or 16A” substitute “, 16A
or 16BA”.

2 30Consequential repeal or amendment of local Acts

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument
amend or repeal any provision of any local Act passed before or in the same
session as this Act if it appears to the Secretary of State to be appropriate to do
so in consequence of a provision of this Act.

(2) 35Regulations under subsection (1) may include supplementary, consequential,
transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(3) A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to
annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

3 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) 40This Act extends to England and Wales only.

(2) Section 1 comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by
regulations made by statutory instrument appoint.

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(3) Section 2 and this section come into force on the day on which this Act is
passed.

(4) This Act may be cited as the Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for
Filming) Act 2014.