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Prohibition of Bull Bars Bill

This is the text of the Prohibition of Bull Bars Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 4 November 1997.

Prohibition of Bull Bars Bill
1.Prohibition of bull bars.
3.Citation, commencement and extent.





Prohibit the fitting of bull bars to motor vehicles.

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:-

Prohibition of bull bars.     1. - (1) No person shall attach a bull bar to a motor vehicle which is to be used on a road.
      (2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) above shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding level five on the standard scale.
      (3) Where the commission by any person of such an offence is due to the act or default of some other person the other person shall be guilty of the offence and may be charged with and convicted of the offence whether or not proceedings are taken against the first-mentioned person.
      (4) Where an offence under subsection (2) above which has been committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
      (5) Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members subsection (4) above shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.
      (6) This section shall not apply to any vehicle which complies with Community Directive 74/483 or 79/488 or ECE Regulation 26.01.
Interpretation.     2. In this Act-
      "bull bar" means an external frontal protection system made of metal and fitted to the bumper or other part of the vehicle front or side and intended to (or purporting to) protect either the driver or passengers or the external surfaces of the vehicle from damage or injury in the event of a collision;
      "motor vehicle" has the same meaning as in section 253 of the Road Traffic Act 1960; and
      "road" has the same meaning as in the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995.
Citation, commencement and extent.     3. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Prohibition of Bull Bars Act 1998.
      (2) This Act shall enter into force six months after it is passed.
      (3) This Act extends to Northern Ireland.

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