Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Tenth Report


Memorandum from the Department for Transport, local Government and the Regions

REGULATIONS 2001 (S.I. 2001/3208)

1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the following points—

    "Given that the principal Regulations of 1986 have now been amended on numerous occasions (and in respects relevant to the present Regulations 11 times, as indicated in footnote (b) at page 1), does the Department intend consolidating the principal Regulations as amended to assist the reader?"

2. The Department recognises that consolidating the principal Regulations of 1986 with its amendments would assist readers. This is now being actively considered in the assessment of Departmental priorities.

    "New paragraph (1E) of regulation 15 (inserted by regulation 5(2)) requires (with certain exceptions) motor vehicles of the relevant kind first used on or after 1 May 2002 or trailers manufactured on or after that date to comply with certain requirements set out in the specified Community Directive, subject to the proviso that it shall be lawful for a motor vehicle first used before 1 May 2002 or a trailer manufactured before 1 April 2002 to comply with those requirements instead of complying with certain specified provisions in the Regulations. Explain the reference to 1 April 2002 in the proviso, and in the fourth paragraph of the Explanatory Note ("This extension will apply to all new vehicles of the relevant kinds first used on or after 1 April 2002"). Should the reference to "1 April 2002" have read "1 May 2002"?"

3. The Department accepts that the references to "1 April 2002 in the proviso to the new regulation 15(1E) and in the fourth paragraph of the Explanatory Note are incorrect and that those references should have been to "1 May 2002". The Department apologises for these errors and will amend the Principal Regulations of 1986 in the near future when the next Amendment Regulations are made.

9 November 2001

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