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Friday 19th July 2002

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES (CARRIAGE OF GUIDE DOGS ETC.) BILL, AS AMENDED

NEW CLAUSE

Damage by assistance dog
   

Mr Greg Knight
Sir Sydney Chapman
Mr Andrew Dismore
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'Where an assistance dog being carried in a private hire vehicle causes damage, vomits, urinates or defecates therein then the disabled person accompanying the assistance dog shall be liable for the full cost of repairing and cleaning the private hire vehicle, the amount being recoverable as a civil debt.'.


   

Mr Andrew Dismore

4

Page     1,     line     5     [Clause     1],     after 'fail', insert 'to pass on to a driver'.


   

Mr Andrew Dismore

5

Page     2,     line     2     [Clause     1],     leave out 'level 3' and insert 'level 4'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

6

Page     2,     line     4     [Clause     1],     after 'medical', insert 'or other reasonable'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

7

Page     2,     line     11     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'and any relevant medical condition or allergy to dogs (supported by such medical evidence as the licensing authority may prescribe) of the driver'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

8

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     1],     after 'vehicle', insert 'or named driver'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

9

Page     2,     line     15     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'which period shall be not less than 12 months'.

   

Mr Greg Knight
Sir Sydney Chapman
Mr Andrew Dismore
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

2

Page     2,     line     20     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'or

      (c) at the time of the refusal the assistance dog was in an excitable, agitated or boisterous state which might have endangered the drivers ability to properly control the private hire vehicle.'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

10

Page     2,     line     20     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(8A)   No offence is committed by a driver under subsection (3) if—

      (a) the dog is so large as not to be able to sit comfortably on the floor of the vehicle, or

      (b) the disabled person refuses or fails to require or fails to cause the dog to sit on the floor of the vehicle'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

11

Page     2,     line     44     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

       '"prescribed" means prescribed by order of the Secretary of State'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

3

Page     2,     line     47     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2)   In Schedule 8 to the 1995 Act (modification of Act in its application to Northern Ireland) the following paragraph is inserted after paragraph 21—

        "21A (1) In section 37A(5) and (6) for 'licensing authority' substitute 'Department of the Environment'.

        (2) In section 37A(9) for the definitions of 'driver', 'licensing authority', 'operator' and 'private hire vehicle' substitute—

      '"driver"' means a person who holds a taxi driver's licence under Article 79A of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (SI 1981/154 (NI 1));"operator" means a person who in the course of a business makes provision for the invitation or acceptance of bookings for a private hire vehicle;"private hire vehicle" means a vehicle which—

          (a) seats not more than 8 passengers in addition to the driver; and

          (b) is licensed under Article 61 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 to carry passengers for hire (but not to stand or ply for hire).'.".'


   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

1

Page     3,     line     19     [Clause     2],     after '(2AB)', insert—

       'Regulations under subsection (2AA) above may provide for the creation of offences and for making offenders liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

       (2AC)'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

12

Page     3,     line     39     [Clause     6],     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Andrew Dismore

13

Page     3,     line     40     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'within 12 months of the date of Royal Assent'.


 
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