Minor and Consequential Amend Ments Relating to Public Service Vehicles

Transport Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:15 am on 25th June 1980.

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Lords amendments Nos. 106 to 108 agreed to.

Lords amendment: No. 109, in page 62, line 10, leave out paragraph 13.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport)

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

This amendment deletes from the Bill a provision for penalties for failure to keep and produce documents required for international journeys. That is because we intend to put all the necessary requirements for keeping records on international services in separate regulations which govern the whole operation of international coach services. This provision in the Bill is therefore unnecessary. I therefore commend to the House its deletion, as the other place did.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 110 to 112 agreed to.

Lords amendment: No. 118, in page 65, line 22, after "2(9)" insert—

  1. (a) in the definition of "commercial vehicle" for "not more than five passengers" substitute "not more than eight passengers"; and
  2. (b)"

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport)

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

The Passenger Vehicles (Experimental Areas) Act 1977 permits various relaxations in the bus licensing system on an experimental basis, but limits those with commercial vehicles to vehicles adapted to carry not more than five passengers. This limit of five is out of line with that of eight which we are adopting generally in the Bill. The small increase in the limit will facilitate experiments with the use of commercially operated small minibuses.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 119 to 121 agreed to.

Further consideration of Lords amendments adjourned.—[Mr. Kenneth Clarke.]

Lords amendments to be further considered this day.