Section 17 Making of a quality contract scheme
36.This section provides that the local transport authority may make a QC scheme once the Scottish Ministers have approved it, and that it must be made within 6 months of approval. Making a QC scheme enables an authority to move on to the next stage - to seek tenders for its operation. It does not enable an authority to bring a scheme into operation immediately.
37.The authority must give notice of the making of the scheme in a local newspaper circulating in the area, no more than 14 days after its making, and ensure that the traffic commissioner is sent a copy. The notice must state where, in what form and at what times a copy of the scheme can be inspected. If a QC scheme includes provision to vary an existing QP scheme which was made by two or more authorities, those authorities which did not make the QC scheme may vary or revoke that QP scheme subject to specified conditions.