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Buses (Section 10B Permits) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Buses (Section 10B Permits) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 and shall come into operation on 16th January 1997.

Amendment of the Buses (Section 10B Permits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994

2.  For regulation 3 (conditions to be fulfilled by driver) of the Buses (Section 10B Permits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994(1) there shall be substituted—

3.(1) The driver of a vehicle used under a permit, if he is not the holder of—

(a)a passenger-carrying vehicle driver’s licence;

(b)a PCV Community licence; or

(c)a Great Britain driving licence corresponding to a passenger-carrying vehicle driver’s licence,

which authorises the driving of that vehicle, must fulfil either the conditions specified in paragraph (2) or the alternative conditions specified in paragraph (3).

(2) The conditions are that he—

(a)is the holder of—

(i)a valid full licence granted under Part II of the 1981 Order,

(ii)a valid Great Britain licence corresponding to such a licence, or

(iii)a valid Community licence,

authorising the driving of motor vehicles included in category B other than vehicles included in sub-category B1,

(b)has held that licence for a period of not less than 2 years in aggregate;

(c)is 21 years of age or over; and

(d)receives no payment or other consideration for driving the vehicle other than out of pocket expenses.

(3) The alternative conditions are that he—

(a)was first granted a full licence under Part II of the 1981 Order before 1st January 1997;

(b)is the holder of a valid full licence granted under that Part of that Order authorising the driving of motor vehicles included in category B, other than vehicles included in sub-category B1, and sub-category D1 (not for hire or reward); and

(c)is 21 years of age or over.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)any expression which is also used in Parts II and V of the 1981 Order has the same meaning as in those Parts of that Order;

(b)expressions relating to vehicle categories shall be construed in accordance with regulation 3(2)(a) and (b) of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(2); and

(c)a person holds a valid full licence granted under Part II of the 1981 Order authorising the driving of motor vehicles included in any category or sub-category if he is authorised to drive such vehicles by virtue of Article 4(1) of that Order..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on

L.S.

Trevor Pearson

Assistant Secretary

2nd January 1997.

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