Amendments proposed to the Transport Bill - continued House of Commons

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Publication by Traffic Commissioners of performance information

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore

NC14

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A local bus operator must, on a quarterly basis, provide the Traffic Commissioners with data on passengers, fare levels, costs, scheduled mileage and actual mileage as part of its claim for fuel duty rebate.

    (2) The Traffic Commissioners may publish such information in a specified format for each region.'.


Quiet lanes and home zones

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore

NC16

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A local traffic authority may—

      (a) designate any restricted residential road or roads within their area and for which they are the traffic authority as a home zone;

      (b) designate any rural road or roads within their area and for which they are the traffic authority as a quiet lane.

    (2) Designations of home zones or quiet lanes may be made for any or all of the following purposes—

      (a) improving the environment;

      (b) improving the safety and security of the community whose area the home zone is situated;

      (c) improving safety on rural roads, especially for pedestrians, pedal cyclists and horse riders, by reducing the risks of accidents;

      (d) promoting integrated transport policies;

      (e) encouraging the enjoyment of the countryside;

      (f) improving facilities for pedestrians or pedal cyclists;

      (g) protecting the character and distinctiveness of the countryside from damage by traffic.

    (3) Before designating a quiet lane or home zone, a local traffic authority shall consult—

      (a) in England, any county council, district council, unitary authority, London borough, town council or parish council;

      (b) in Wales, any unitary authority or community council;

      (c) such bodies or persons concerned with the protection of the environment and such representatives of relevant road user groups or local businesses as they think fit in any area which may be directly affected by the designation.

    (4) For the purposes of this Act a home zone is an area within which—

      (a) pedestrians and pedal cyclists have precedence on any highway and in relation to which the driver of any mechanically powered vehicle shall accord such precedence to any pedestrian or pedal cyclist; and

      (b) the speed limit does not exceed 10mph.

    (5) For the purposes of this Act a quiet lane is a rural road or roads along which—

      (a) pedestrians, pedal cyclists and horse riders have precedence on any highway and in relation to which the driver of any mechanically powered vehicles shall accord such precedence to any pedestrian, pedal cyclist or horse rider; and

      (b) the speed limit does not exceed 20mph.

    (6) Within six months of a home zone being designated the highway authority shall introduce such traffic calming works and other measures as it deems appropriate.

    (7) As soon as it is practicable and no later than six months after the coming into force of this Act the Secretary of State shall—

      (a) make regulations by statutory instrument making provision for the way in which a highway authority may seek his approval for designating a home zone or quiet lane or for setting the speed limit on any restricted road or rural road pursuant to this Act;

      (b) issue guidance as to the way in which a highway authority shall exercise its powers for home zones and quiet lanes.

    (8) Guidance under this section shall include guidance on—

      (a) the meaning of "rural road";

      (b) the procedures of designating a rural road as a quiet lane or restricted residential road as a home zone;

      (c) the level of public consultation required;

      (d) traffic signs for quiet lanes; and

      (e) the use of traffic calming measures for quiet lanes in ways which do not harm the quality of the local environment.

    (9) The Secretary of State may, if he deems it appropriate, issue different guidance for different authorities or different types of authority or for different areas.'.


Disposal of interests by local authorities

   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

NC17

To move the following Clause:—

    '.— Any local transport authority which owns an interest in a provider of local transport services must make provision for disposal of that interest at a commercial price within 24 months of this Act coming into force.'.


Establishment of Goods Vehicle Operating Centres

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore

NC19

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—In permitting goods vehicle operators to establish an operating centre under the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995, the Traffic Commissioner must be satisfied that the centre is available, suitable, and of sufficient capacity, and must take into account the suitability of the local public road network for the establishment of such a centre.'.


Undertaking in regard to operator's licence

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore

NC20

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—For section 26(1)(f) of the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995 substitute—

      "(f) that any undertaking recorded in the licence whether given (or procured to be given) for any purpose in regard to an operator's licence has not been fulfilled".'.


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

20

Page     82,     line     29,     leave out Clause 144.


   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore

392

Clause     151,     page     87,     line     3,     at end add—

    '(4) The charging authority may, after consultation with neighbouring local authorities covered by the local transport plan and organisations appearing to the authority to be representative of users of roads within the local transport plan area, close public highways to motor vehicles to assess the impact on traffic movement in the area generally and, in particular, on the use of roads where charges apply, for a period of up to twelve weeks.

    (5) The authority may use the results of the assessment of highway closures carried out under subsection (4) to incorporate highway closures into amendments to the local transport plan.'.


   

Mr Don Foster

Mr Michael Moore

479

Clause     158,     page     89,     line     5,     after 'premises', insert 'which shall include out-of-town retail shopping complexes, entertainment facilities and warehouses'.


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

21

Page     90,     line     18,     leave out Clause 159.


   

Mr Nick Raynsford

435

Clause     174,     page     98,     line     29,     leave out 'of' and insert 'made jointly by'.

   

Mr Nick Raynsford

436

Clause     174,     page     98,     line     30,     at end insert 'and the councils for the metropolitan districts comprised in that area'.


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

22

Clause     176,     page     99,     line     1,     leave out subsection (2).


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

23

Clause     180,     page     99,     line     31,     at end insert—

      '( ) to promote the effective management of safety on the rail network;'.


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

24

Clause     181,     page     100,     line     1,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

25

Clause     182,     page     100,     line     12,     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (6),'.

   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

571

Clause     182,     page     100,     line     25,     at end insert—

    '( ) to promote measures designed to improve access by passengers to rail services by foot, bicycle or bus,'.

   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

26

Clause     182,     page     100,     line     43,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

27

Clause     182,     page     101,     line     3,     at end add—

    '(6) Before exercising any powers under this Chapter and prior to each subsequent year that this Chapter remains in force, the Secretary of State shall lay a report for the forthcoming year before both Houses of Parliament for approval by each House, setting out the manner in which he shall exercise his functions under this Chapter, including—

      (a) a full explanation of the manner in which the Authority intends to exercise its functions in accordance with subsections (2) and (3);

      (b) the calculations the Authority has used to arrive at its conclusions;

      (c) the decisions the Authority will make during the year in question to achieve its objectives.'.


   

Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Peter Atkinson

28

Clause     186,     page     102,     line     2,     leave out subsection (2).


 
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