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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 16 March 2017

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Bus Services Bill [Lords]


 

[Third and Fourth Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  18

 

Schedule  4,  page  88,  line  12,  leave out “123A(4)(b) to (f)” and insert “123A(4)”

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 16 and 17 Agreed to.

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  12

 

Clause  18,  page  74,  leave out lines 7 to 12 and insert “which have one or more stopping

 

places in their areas”


 
 

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Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  13

 

Clause  18,  page  74,  line  22,  after “routes,” insert “stopping places,”

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  14

 

Clause  18,  page  74,  line  23,  at end insert “stopping places,”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Withdrawn after debate  31

 

Clause  19,  page  76,  line  5,  leave out “may” and insert “shall”

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Not called  32

 

Clause  19,  page  76,  line  13,  leave out from “application” to end of line 14

 

Andrew Jones

 

Agreed to  15

 

Clause  19,  page  76,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In this section “local transport authority” has the meaning given in section 108(4)

 

of the Transport Act 2000.””

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 20 and 21 Agreed to.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Andrew Jones

 

Read a second time on division, and added  NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Bus companies: limitation of powers of authorities in England

 

(1)    

A relevant authority may not, in exercise of any of its powers, form a company

 

for the purpose of providing a local service.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies whether the relevant authority is acting alone or with any

 

other person.

 

(3)    

In this section—

 

“company” has the same meaning as in the Companies Acts (see sections

 

1(1) and 2(1) of the Companies Act 2006);

 

“form a company” is to be construed in accordance with section 7 of the

 

Companies Act 2006;

 

“local service” has the same meaning as in the Transport Act 1985 (see

 

section 2 of that Act);


 
 

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“Passenger Transport Executive”, in relation to an integrated transport area

 

in England or a combined authority area, means the body which is the

 

Executive in relation to that area for the purposes of Part 2 of the

 

Transport Act 1968;

 

“relevant authority” means—

 

(a)    

a county council in England;

 

(b)    

a district council in England;

 

(c)    

a combined authority established under section 103 of the Local

 

Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act

 

2009;

 

(d)    

an Integrated Transport Authority for an integrated transport area

 

in England;

 

(e)    

a Passenger Transport Executive for—

 

(i)    

an integrated transport area in England, or

 

(ii)    

a combined authority area.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Second Reading negatived on division  NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“National strategy

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of the day on which this Act is

 

passed, publish a national strategy for local bus services setting out the objectives,

 

targets and funding provisions for rural, urban and inter-urban local bus services

 

in the ten years after Royal Assent is given to this Act.

 

(2)    

The national strategy must include a consideration of a reduced fare

 

concessionary scheme for young people aged between 16 and 19.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Disability awareness training

 

(1)    

All drivers of buses and staff at bus terminals must complete approved disability

 

equality and awareness training (“approved training”) by 1 April 2019.

 

(2)    

This training must cover the needs of persons with mental or physical disabilities,

 

including hidden disabilities.

 

(3)    

After 1 April 2019—

 

(a)    

all new bus drivers and terminal staff must complete approved training

 

within one month of starting work; and


 
 

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(b)    

bus drivers and terminal staff must undertake refresher training at least

 

once every three years.

 

(4)    

Bus operating companies must consult passenger groups, disability stakeholder

 

groups, trade unions and relevant authorities when developing their approved

 

training for bus drivers and terminal staff.

 

(5)    

In this section “approved training” means a training course concerning the needs

 

of persons with mental or physical disabilities, including hidden disabilities, who

 

use or seek to use bus services, approved in a manner specified by regulations to

 

be made by the Secretary of State.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Not called  NC4

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Ability to make adjustments for disabled passengers

 

Insert new section 6AA into the Transport Act 1985—

 

“(1)    

A condition for registration of a local bus service in England is that the

 

operator has policies in place to ensure that it is able to conform to its

 

duty under section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 to make adjustments for

 

any disabled passenger on the bus.

 

(2)    

This condition will be enforced by the Traffic Commissioner.””

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Nic Dakin

 

Withdrawn after debate  NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Bus safety

 

(1)    

An operator of a local service may not participate in any scheme under sections

 

1, 4, 7 or 9 of this Act, and an authority or authorities may not approve the

 

participation of an operator as party of any such scheme, unless the operator has

 

given a written undertaking to the applicable authority or authorities that—

 

(a)    

it has subscribed to a confidential safety reporting system that—

 

(i)    

is suitable for bus operations staff;

 

(ii)    

can demonstrate it is adequately experienced, resourced and

 

staffed; and

 

(iii)    

is entirely independent of any bus operator’s control;

 

(b)    

it has used its best endeavours to ensure that all staff of the operator have

 

been made aware of their right to use this confidential safety reporting

 

system to enable bus operators’ staff to report incidents, unsafe acts,

 

concerns and safety-related issues that they do not feel able to report


 
 

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through normal channels, or where normal reporting channels have not

 

resolved the issue;

 

(c)    

it will collect and monitor bus casualty data in a manner to be prescribed

 

by the applicable authority or authorities from time to time, and

 

(d)    

it will make its bus casualty data available to the applicable authority or

 

authorities by way of a report on at least a monthly basis.

 

(2)    

The authority or authorities must publish on their own website, every quarter, the

 

bus casualty data that they have collected from operators.”

 


 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Second Reading negatived on division  NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Priority wheelchair spaces

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make such provision as appears to the

 

Secretary of State to be appropriate for the purpose of facilitating travel by

 

wheelchair users on local services.

 

(2)    

The regulations may in particular require operators of local services to put in

 

place and enforce a policy for priority wheelchair spaces.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of subsection (2) a policy for priority wheelchair spaces is one

 

under which—

 

(a)    

a wheelchair user has priority use of any wheelchair space on a public

 

service vehicle unless it is not reasonable for other passengers to vacate

 

the space;

 

(b)    

other passengers are required to vacate the space for the wheelchair user

 

if it is reasonable for them to do so; and

 

(c)    

a passenger who unreasonably refuses to vacate the space may, if

 

necessary, be required to leave the vehicle.

 

(4)    

The power conferred by subsection (1) includes power to amend, repeal, revoke

 

or otherwise modify—

 

(a)    

an Act passed before or in the same Session as this Act; or

 

(b)    

an instrument made under an Act before the regulations come into force.

 

(5)    

Regulations under this section must be made by statutory instrument.

 

(6)    

A statutory instrument which contains (whether alone or with other provision)

 

regulations under this section may not be made unless a draft of the instrument

 

has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”

 



 
 

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Lilian Greenwood

 

Withdrawn after debate  NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Termination of Bus Service Operators Grant

 

Insert new section 112A into the Transport Act 2000—

 

“(1)    

The Bus Service Operators Grant shall be terminated on the last day of the first

 

financial year to begin after this Act has received Royal Assent.

 

(2)    

Sums equivalent to those projected to be spent on Bus Service Operators Grant in

 

each year following the year specified in subsection (1) shall be provided to local

 

transport authorities for expenditure on local transport.

 

(3)    

The meaning of “local transport” in subsection (2) shall be taken to include—

 

(a)    

local transport services;

 

(b)    

local transport infrastructure; and

 

(c)    

supporting services, including ticketing and transport information

 

services.””

 


 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Not called  NC9

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Accessibility policies for bus passengers

 

(1)    

After section 181 of the Equality Act 2010 insert—

 

“Chapter 2A

 

Bus Services

 

181E  

Accessibility policies for bus passengers

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may, for the purpose of facilitating travel by

 

disabled persons, make regulations requiring operators of local services

 

to put in place and publish policies for making their services accessible.

 

(2)    

The regulations may make provision about—

 

(a)    

what is to be included in the policies;

 

(b)    

how and where the policies are to be published.

 

(3)    

The regulations may, in particular, require an operator of a local service

 

to make provision in the policy about—

 

(a)    

passenger information;

 

(b)    

fares, tickets and reservations;

 

(c)    

facilities and assistance on the vehicle;

 

(d)    

priority seating and wheelchair and scooter space;

 

(e)    

connections to local services and transport interchange;

 

(f)    

diversions, disruptions and alternative accessible transport;

 

(g)    

contact details, feedback and complaints;

 

(h)    

staff training.


 
 

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(4)    

The regulations may, in particular—

 

(a)    

specify ways of making the policies available, including

 

different media and alternative formats;

 

(b)    

specify standards and guidelines relevant to the policies or

 

means of publication;

 

(c)    

specify requirements for reviewing the policies.

 

(5)    

Regulations under this section may make different provision—

 

(a)    

as respects different descriptions of vehicle;

 

(b)    

as respects the same description of vehicle in different

 

circumstances.

 

(6)    

Before making regulations under this section, the Secretary of State must

 

consult—

 

(a)    

the Welsh Ministers;

 

(b)    

the Scottish Ministers.

 

181F  

Exemptions etc

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for securing

 

that the provisions of regulations under section 181E do not apply or

 

apply subject to such modifications or exceptions as the regulations may

 

specify to—

 

(a)    

public service vehicles of a prescribed description;

 

(b)    

operators of a prescribed description;

 

(c)    

local services of a prescribed description.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1)(b) may, in particular, make provision

 

by reference to an operator’s size.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section may also make provision for securing that

 

the provisions of regulations under section 181E do not apply or apply

 

subject to such modifications or exceptions as the regulations may

 

specify to—

 

(a)    

a prescribed public service vehicle;

 

(b)    

public service vehicles of a prescribed operator;

 

(c)    

a prescribed local service.

 

(4)    

Regulations under subsection (1) or (3) may make the provision subject

 

to such restrictions and conditions as are specified in the regulations.

 

(5)    

Regulations under subsection (1) or (3) may specify the period for which

 

provisions of those regulations are to have effect.

 

(6)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may make different provision for

 

different areas.

 

(7)    

Section 207(2) does not require regulations under this section that apply

 

only to—

 

(a)    

a prescribed public service vehicle,

 

(b)    

public service vehicles of a prescribed operator, or

 

(c)    

a prescribed local service,

 

    

to be made by statutory instrument; but such regulations are as capable

 

of being amended or revoked as regulations made by statutory

 

instrument.


 
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