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Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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3.—(1) These Regulations apply to public service vehicles of the types described respectively in paragraphs (2) to (7) (a “regulated public service vehicle”) in the manner and to the extent set out in this Part.

(2) A single-deck bus which weighs more than 7.5 tonnes and is in use on or after 31st August 2003 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedules 1 and 2, except that a single-deck bus which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before 1st June 2003,

shall not require any certificate relating to Schedules 1 and 2 until 1st September 2018.

(3) A single-deck bus which weighs 7.5 tonnes or less and is in use on or after 31st August 2003 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedule 2, except that a single-deck bus which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before 1st June 2003,

shall not require a certificate relating to Schedule 2 until 1st September 2017.

(4) Without prejudice to paragraph (3), a single-deck bus which weighs 7.5 tonnes or less and is in use on or after 1st September 2007 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedule 1, except that a single-deck bus which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before 1st June 2007,

shall not require a certificate relating to Schedule 1 until 1st September 2017.

(5) A double-deck bus which is in use on or after 31st August 2003 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedules 1 and 2, except that a double-deck bus which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before, 1st June 2003,

shall not require any certificate relating to Schedules 1 and 2 until 1st September 2019.

(6) A single-deck or double-deck coach which is in use on or after 31st August 2003 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedule 3, except that a single-deck or double-deck coach which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before, 1st June 2003,

shall not require a certificate relating to Schedule 3 until 1st September 2022.

(7) Without prejudice to paragraph (6), a single-deck or double-deck coach which is in use on or after 1st September 2007 shall require a certificate referred to in paragraph (8) relating to Schedule 1, except that a single-deck or double-deck coach which–

(a)is first used before that date; or

(b)is manufactured before 1st June 2007,

shall not require a certificate relating to Schedule 1 until 1st September 2022.

(8) The certificates referred to in paragraphs (2) to (7) are the certificates (and any other associated approval and declaration) issued in accordance with Parts III to VI and which, when so issued, signify the compliance and conformity of the vehicle concerned with the Schedules specified respectively in those paragraphs.

(9) In paragraphs (2) to (7)–

(a)“first used” is to be construed in accordance with regulation 2(2); and

(b)references to a vehicle being “used” or “in use” means the regulated public service vehicle is being used to provide a scheduled service.

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