Transport Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:30 pm on 9th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour 7:30 pm, 9th November 2000

moved Amendment No. 25:

After Clause 263, insert the following new clause--

:TITLE3:COMPULSORY GOODS VEHICLE WEIGHING SCHEME

(" . In the Road Traffic Act 1988, after section 41 insert--

"Compulsory goods vehicle weighing scheme.

41ZA.--(1) The Secretary of State may make regulations requiring the weighing of any goods vehicle using a major road freight facility, port or premises and the provision of a weight report to the driver of the vehicle.

(2) In particular regulations made under subsection (1) may make provision with respect to--

(a) the method of weighing such goods vehicles;

(b) the form and contents of the weight report;

(c) the number of such reports that must be provided to the driver;

(d) the driver signing and returning a prescribed number of such reports to the operator of the facility;

(e) the keeping of copies of such reports by the operator of the facility; and

(f) the production of such copies by the operator on the request of prescribed public authorities.

(3) Regulations made under subsection (1) may provide for exemptions from the requirement under subsection (1) for--

(a) specified classes of goods vehicles;

(b) specified classes of major road freight facility, port or premises; and

(c) specified circumstances.

(4) A weight report provided in accordance with regulations made under this section may be produced in evidence in any proceedings for an offence under this Part relating to the weight of a goods vehicle.

(5) In this section "major road freight facility, port or premises" means any such facility, port or premises--

(a) having facilities for the carriage of goods by road, and

(b) having an annual throughput of more than 25,000 goods vehicles each exceeding 30,000 kilograms gross vehicle weight, or more than one such facility, port or premises where they are under common management, control or ownership, share a common access to the highway and together have that annual throughput.".").