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Effect of scheme.     119. During any period in which a ticketing scheme is in operation, operators of local services to which the scheme relates must make and implement the arrangements required by the scheme.
Bus services: provision of information
Information about bus services.     120. - (1) Each local transport authority must from time to time determine, having regard to their current local transport plan-
    (a) what local bus information should be made available to the public ("the required information"), and
    (b) the way in which it should be made available ("the appropriate way").
      (2) Before making such a determination, the authority must consult-
    (a) such organisations appearing to the authority to be representative of users of local services as they think fit, and
    (b) the traffic commissioner for the traffic area covering their area.
      (3) Each authority must from time to time ascertain whether the required information is being made available to the public in the appropriate way.
      (4) Subsection (5) applies if an authority consider that-
    (a) the required information is not being made available to the public to any extent, or
    (b) that information is not being made available to the public in the appropriate way.
      (5) If this subsection applies, the authority must seek to make arrangements with the operators of the local services concerned under which those operators agree to make the information available (or to make it available in that way).
      (6) In this section "local bus information", in relation to a local transport authority, means-
    (a) information about routes and timetabling of local services to, from and within the authority's area, and
    (b) such other information about facilities for disabled persons, travel concessions, connections with other public passenger transport services or other matters of value to the public as the authority consider appropriate in relation to their area.
Duty of authority to make information available.     121. - (1) If the authority are unable to make satisfactory arrangements with one or more of those operators, they-
    (a) must make available, or secure that there is made available, in the appropriate way such of the required information as is not being made available or is not being made available in that way (whether by virtue of arrangements made under section 120(5) or otherwise), and
    (b) may recover from that operator or those operators the reasonable costs incurred by them in doing so as a civil debt due to them.
      (2) In determining for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) what is reasonable in relation to a particular operator, the authority must have regard to-
    (a) the amount of information which has to be made available, and
    (b) the way in which that information has to be made available,

in respect of the local services provided by that operator.
      (3) If the authority require an operator to provide information to them or to another person in order to perform their duty under subsection (1)(a), the operator must provide the information at such times and in such manner as is specified by the authority.
      (4) The authority must give notice of any requirement imposed under subsection (3) to the traffic commissioner for the traffic area covering their area.
Bus information: supplementary.     122. - (1) In considering how they should carry out their functions under sections 120 and 121, a local transport authority must have regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
      (2) In carrying out those functions, local transport authorities-
    (a) must not act in such a way as to discriminate (whether directly or indirectly) against any operator, or class of operator, of local services, and
    (b) must co-operate with one another.
      (3) A local transport authority must have regard to the desirability, in appropriate cases, of carrying out those functions jointly with another authority (whether as respects the whole or any part of their combined area).
Bus services: environmental protection
Traffic regulation conditions to reduce or limit pollution.     123. In section 7 of the Transport Act 1985 (traffic regulation conditions to be met in provision of local services subject to registration), in subsection (4) (reasons for which conditions may be determined), insert at the end "; or
    (c) reduce or limit noise or air pollution."
Mandatory travel concessions outside Greater London
Mandatory concessions outside Greater London.     124. - (1) Any elderly person residing in a travel concession authority's area who travels on an eligible service on a journey-
    (a) between places in that area, and
    (b) beginning at a relevant time,

is entitled to be provided with a half-price travel concession by the operator of the service (but subject to subsections (2) and (3)).
      (2) A person is not entitled to be provided with a concession under subsection (1) on any occasion if he fails on that occasion to meet any requirement to produce a travel concession permit imposed by the travel concession authority.
      (3) A person may agree with the travel concession authority that he is not entitled to be provided with concessions under subsection (1) for a period in return for being entitled during that period to receive travel concessions under a scheme under section 93 of the Transport Act 1985 (if the scheme provides that a person may not receive travel concessions under the scheme unless he so agrees).
      (4) The Secretary of State (as respects England) or the National Assembly for Wales (as respects Wales) may by regulations make provision about agreements within subsection (3).
      (5) The regulations may in particular make provision-
    (a) requiring the serving of notices before an agreement is made,
    (b) about the form of agreements, and
    (c) as to the period for which a person may agree not to be entitled to concessions.
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