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Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

Section 2 Directions

9.This section sets out the circumstances in which the Scottish Ministers may give directions to specified public bodies in connection with the preparation of a joint transport strategy. The Scottish Ministers will have the power to issue directions in three separate sets of cases, namely:

  • where no strategy is prepared;

  • where no strategy is submitted; or

  • in any other case where, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers there are exceptional circumstances.

10.Where the Scottish Ministers are of the opinion that there are other exceptional circumstances subsection 2 requires them to consult the public body in question and other appropriate persons before giving a direction under subsection (1). Section 2 is without prejudice to section 211 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.65). This provides for the Scottish Ministers to order a local inquiry if they believe that a local authority may have failed to do what is statutorily required of them.

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