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Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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1.  In this Schedule–

“the 1976 Directive” means Council Directive 76/115/EEC (as amended) of 18 December 1975 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to anchorages for motor vehicle safety belts(1);

“the 1977 Directive” means Council Directive 77/541/EEC (as amended) of 28 June 1977 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to safety belts and restraint systems of motor vehicles(2);

“boarding lift” means a lift fitted to a regulated public service vehicle for the purpose of allowing wheelchair users to board and alight from the vehicle;

“boarding ramp” means a ramp fitted to a regulated public service vehicle for the purpose of allowing wheelchair users to board and alight from the vehicle;

“contrast” means a contrast in the amount of light which is reflected by the surfaces of the parts of a regulated public service vehicle or its equipment which is required by these Regulations to contrast;

“dynamic test” means a test which complies with the requirements of paragraph 3(7);

“exit” means an exit from a regulated public service vehicle but does not include an exit which is provided for use only in case of emergency;

“gangway” means the space provided for obtaining access from any entrance to the passengers' seats or from any such seat to an exit other than an emergency exit, but does not include a staircase or any space in front of a seat or row of seats which is required only for the use of passengers occupying the seat or row of seats;

g” means 9.81 m/s2;

kg” means kilogram(s);

km/h” means kilometre(s) per hour;

mm” means millimetre(s);

m/s” means metre(s) per second and “m/s2” means metre(s) per second per second;

N” means newton(s);

“optical device” means any system (including a mirror, closed circuit television and optical cable) which provides the driver of a regulated public service vehicle with a view of an area of the vehicle;

“portable ramp” means a ramp which is carried on a regulated public service vehicle for the purpose of allowing wheelchair users to board and alight from the vehicle;

“reference wheelchair” means an occupied wheelchair having the dimensions shown in diagram A of Part II to this Schedule;

“seat” means a seat intended for use by passengers and, accordingly, does not include the driver’s seat or any other seat intended for use solely by a crew member;

“static test” means a test which complies with the requirements of paragraph 3(5) and which applies the forces specified in paragraph 3(6);

“wheelchair restraint system” means a system which is designed to keep a wheelchair restrained within the wheelchair space;

“wheelchair user” means a disabled person using a wheelchair; and

“wheelchair user restraint” means a system which is designed to keep a wheelchair user restrained in the wheelchair.

(1)

O.J. No. L024, 30.01.76, p. 6; relevant amendments are Council Directives 81/575/EEC (O.J. No. L209, 29.07.81, p. 30), 82/318/EEC (O.J. No. L139, 19.05.82, p. 9) and 90/629/EEC (O.J. No. L341, 6.12.90, p. 14)

(2)

O.J. No. L220, 29.08.77, p. 95; relevant amendments are Council Directives 81/576/EEC (O.J. No. L209, 29.07.81, p. 32), 82/319/EEC (O.J. No. L139, 19.05.82, p. 17) and 90/628/EEC (O.J. No. L341, 6.12.90, p. 1)

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