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Confirmation of charging schemes.     147. - (1) A charging scheme under this Part, other than a trunk road charging scheme, shall not come into force unless the order making it has been submitted to and confirmed by the appropriate national authority; and a variation of such a charging scheme shall not take effect until the order making the variation has been so submitted and confirmed.
 
      (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in such circumstances as may be specified in or determined in accordance with regulations made by the appropriate national authority.
 
      (3) A joint local-London charging scheme shall not come into force unless the order making it has been submitted to and confirmed by the Greater London Authority; and a variation or revocation of such a charging scheme shall not take effect until the order making the variation or revocation has been so submitted and confirmed.
 
      (4) Where confirmation of an order is required by this section, the order may be confirmed with or without modifications.
 
      (5) Where confirmation by both the Secretary of State and the Greater London Authority of an order making a joint local-London charging scheme, or a variation of such a charging scheme, is required by this section-
 
 
    (a) the order shall not be submitted to the Secretary of State until it has been confirmed by the Greater London Authority,
 
    (b) if the order has been confirmed by the Greater London Authority with modifications it is the modified order that must be submitted to the Secretary of State, and
 
    (c) the order may not be confirmed with modifications by the Secretary of State until the modifications have been confirmed by the Greater London Authority.
Charging schemes: consultation and inquiries.     148. - (1) The charging authority or the charging authorities (acting jointly) may at any time before an order making, varying or revoking a charging scheme under this Part is made, consult other persons about the charging scheme, variation or revocation.
 
      (2) The charging authority or the charging authorities (acting jointly)-
 
 
    (a) may cause an inquiry to be held in relation to a charging scheme under this Part, or the variation or revocation of such a scheme, and
 
    (b) may appoint the person or persons by whom such an inquiry is to be held.
      (3) The appropriate national authority may at any time-
 
 
    (a) before an order making or varying a charging scheme under this Part (other than a trunk road charging scheme) is made, or
 
    (b) (where such an order has to be confirmed) before it is confirmed,
  consult other persons, or require the charging authority or authorities to consult other persons, about the charging scheme, or variation.
 
      (4) The appropriate national authority-
 
 
    (a) may cause an inquiry to be held in relation to a charging scheme under this Part (other than a trunk road charging scheme), or the variation of such a scheme, and
 
    (b) may appoint the person or persons by whom such an inquiry is to be held.
      (5) In the case of a joint local-London charging scheme-
 
 
    (a) the Greater London Authority may, at any time before an order making, varying or revoking the charging scheme is confirmed by that Authority, consult other persons, or require the charging authorities to consult other persons, about the charging scheme, variation or revocation, and
 
    (b) the Secretary of State shall not cause an inquiry to be held in relation to the charging scheme, or the variation of the charging scheme, or appoint the person or persons by whom such an inquiry is to be held, without the consent of the Greater London Authority.
      (6) Subsections (2) to (5) of section 250 of the Local Government Act 1972 (witnesses and costs at local inquiries) apply in relation to any inquiry held by virtue of this section.
 
 
Contents of charging schemes
Matters to be dealt with in charging schemes.     149. - (1) A charging scheme under this Part must-
 
 
    (a) designate the roads in respect of which charges are imposed,
 
    (b) specify or describe the events by reference to the happening of which a charge is imposed in respect of a motor vehicle being used or kept on a road,
 
    (c) specify the classes of motor vehicles in respect of which charges are imposed,
 
    (d) specify the charges imposed, and
 
    (e) state whether or not the charging scheme is to remain in force indefinitely and, if it is not to remain in force indefinitely, the period for which it is to remain in force.
      (2) Subject to sections 142 to 145 and to any modifications made by virtue of section 147, the designation of the roads in respect of which charges are imposed by a charging scheme under this Part shall be such as the charging authority or authorities may determine.
 
      (3) Any charge imposed by a charging scheme under this Part in respect of the keeping of a motor vehicle on a road must also have effect in respect of the use of the motor vehicle on that road.
 
      (4) A charging scheme under this Part may make provision in relation to the manner in which charges are to be made, collected, recorded and paid.
 
      (5) The charges that may be imposed by a charging scheme under this Part include different charges (which may be no charge) for different cases, including (in particular)-
 
 
    (a) different days,
 
    (b) different times of day,
 
    (c) different roads,
 
    (d) different distances travelled, and
 
    (e) different classes of motor vehicles.
      (6) In setting the charges imposed by a charging scheme under this Part, regard may be had to the purposes for which any of the net proceeds of the charging scheme may be applied (in accordance with Schedule 11).
 
      (7) A charging scheme under this Part may contain provision requiring-
 
 
    (a) documents to be displayed while a motor vehicle is on a road in respect of which charges are imposed, or
 
    (b) equipment to be carried in or fitted to a motor vehicle while it is on such a road.
Charging schemes: exemptions etc.     150. - (1) The appropriate national authority may make regulations requiring charging schemes under this Part to contain provision for or in connection with-
 
 
    (a) exemptions from charges,
 
    (b) the application of reduced rates of charges, or
 
    (c) the imposition of limits on the charges payable.
      (2) Subject to regulations under subsection (1), a charging scheme under this Part may contain provision of any of the descriptions specified in that subsection.
 
      (3) A road shall not be subject to charges imposed by more than one charging scheme under this Part, or by such a charging scheme and a scheme under Schedule 23 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999, at the same time.
 
      (4) A road shall not be subject to charges under a charging scheme under this Part if tolls are charged in respect of the use of the road.
 
 
Enforcement of charging schemes
Penalties and charges.     151. - (1) The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision for or in connection with the imposition and payment of charges ("charging scheme penalty charges") in respect of acts, omissions, events or circumstances relating to or connected with charging schemes under this Part.
 
      (2) The regulations may include provision for or in connection with setting the rates of charging scheme penalty charges (which may include provision for discounts or surcharges).
 
      (3) Charging scheme penalty charges in respect of any motor vehicle shall be paid-
 
 
    (a) by the registered keeper of the motor vehicle, or
 
    (b) in circumstances specified in regulations made by the appropriate national authority, by such person as is so specified.
      (4) The Lord Chancellor may make regulations about the notification, adjudication and enforcement of charging scheme penalty charges.
 
      (5) A person commits an offence if with intent to avoid payment of, or being identified as having failed to pay, a charge imposed by a charging scheme under this Part-
 
 
    (a) he interferes with any equipment used for or in connection with charging under the charging scheme, or
 
    (b) he causes or permits the registration plate of a motor vehicle to be obscured.
      (6) A person commits an offence if he makes or uses any false document with intent to avoid payment of, or being identified as having failed to pay, charges imposed by a charging scheme under this Part or charging scheme penalty charges.
 
      (7) A person commits an offence if he removes a notice of a charging scheme penalty charge which has been fixed to a motor vehicle in accordance with regulations under this section unless-
 
 
    (a) he is the registered keeper of the vehicle or a person using the vehicle with his authority, or
 
    (b) he does so under the authority of the registered keeper or such a person or of the charging authority or any of the charging authorities.
      (8) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (5) or (6) is liable on summary conviction to-
 
 
    (a) a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or
 
    (b) imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months,
  or to both.
 
      (9) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (7) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.
 
Examination and removal of vehicles etc.     152. - (1) The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision enabling or requiring charging schemes under this Part to confer powers on persons specified in, or determined in accordance with, the regulations for or in connection with examining a motor vehicle for ascertaining-
 
 
    (a) whether any document required to be displayed while the motor vehicle is on a road in respect of which charges are imposed is so displayed,
 
    (b) whether any equipment required to be carried in or fitted to the motor vehicle while the vehicle is on such a road is carried or fitted, is in proper working order or has been unlawfully interfered with, or
 
    (c) whether any conditions relating to the use of any such equipment are satisfied.
      (2) The provision that may be made by regulations under subsection (1) includes provision for or in connection with conferring on a person duly authorised in writing by the charging authority, or any of the charging authorities, power to enter a motor vehicle for the purpose of exercising any of the powers conferred on that person by virtue of that subsection.
 
      (3) The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision enabling or requiring charging schemes under this Part to make provision for or in connection with-
 
 
    (a) the fitting of immobilisation devices to motor vehicles,
 
    (b) the removal and storage of motor vehicles,
 
    (c) the release of motor vehicles from immobilisation devices or from storage, and
 
    (d) the satisfaction of conditions before the release of a motor vehicle;
  and in this subsection "immobilisation device" has the same meaning as in section 104 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
 
      (4) A charging scheme under this Part may not authorise or require-
 
 
    (a) the examination of a motor vehicle, or
 
    (b) the fitting of an immobilisation device to, or the removal of, a motor vehicle,
  unless it is on a road.
 
 
Supplementary
Equipment etc.     153. - (1) The charging authority, or any of the charging authorities, in relation to a charging scheme under this Part may-
 
 
    (a) install and maintain, or authorise the installation and maintenance of, any equipment, or
 
    (b) construct and maintain, or authorise the construction and maintenance of, any buildings or other structures,
  used or to be used for or in connection with the operation of a charging scheme under this Part.
 
      (2) The appropriate national authority may by regulations approve standards for equipment installed, or authorised to be installed, by charging authorities for or in connection with the operation of charging schemes under this Part.
 
      (3) No equipment may be installed for or in connection with the operation of a charging scheme under this Part if it is incompatible with a standard approved under subsection (2).
 
Traffic signs.     154. - (1) The appropriate national authority may direct the charging authority, or any of the charging authorities, in relation to a charging scheme under this Part (other than a trunk road charging scheme) to place and maintain traffic signs, or cause traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with the scheme.
 
      (2) In the case of a joint local-London charging scheme the Greater London Authority may also exercise the power conferred by subsection (1); but any direction under this subsection shall not have effect if and to the extent that it is inconsistent with a direction under subsection (1).
 
      (3) The appropriate national authority may direct any local traffic authority to place and maintain traffic signs, or cause traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with a trunk road charging scheme.
 
      (4) An authority which is or could be given a direction under this section may enter any land, and exercise any other powers which may be necessary, for placing and maintaining traffic signs, or causing traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with any charging scheme in respect of which a direction is or could be given.
 
      (5) A direction under this section shall be given in writing and may be varied or revoked by the authority by which it was given.
 
      (6) In this section "traffic signs" has the meaning given by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
 
 
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