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95 Vehicles and drivers subject to control under Part VI.E+W+S

(1)This Part of this Act shall have effect with a view to securing the observance of proper hours [F1or periods] of work by persons engaged in the carriage of passengers or goods by road and thereby protecting the public against the risks which arise in cases where the drivers of motor vehicles are suffering from fatigue. [F2but the Secretary of State may by regulations make such provision by way of substitution for or adaptation of the provisions of this Part, or supplemental or incidental to this Part, as he considers necessary or expedient to take account of the operation of any relevant Community provision.

(1A)Regulations under subsection (1) above may in particular—

(a)substitute different requirements for the requirements of the domestic drivers’ hours code or add to, make exceptions from or otherwise modify any of the requirements of that code;

(b)apply to journeys and work to which no relevant Community provision applies;

(c)include provision as to the circumstances in which a period of driving or duty to which a relevant Community provision or the domestic drivers’ hours code applies is to be included or excluded in reckoning any period for purposes of the domestic drivers’ hours code or any relevant Community provision respectively; and

(d)may contain such transitional, supplemental or consequential provisions as the Secretary of State thinks necessary or expedient]

(2)This Part of this Act applies to—

(a)passenger vehicles, that is to say—

(i)public service vehicles; and

(ii)motor vehicles (other than public service vehicles) constructed or adapted to carry more than twelve passengers;

(b)goods vehicles, that is to say—

(i)heavy locomotives, light locomotives, motor tractors and any motor vehicle so constructed that a trailer may by partial superimposition be attached to the vehicle in such a manner as to cause a substantial part of the weight of the trailer to be borne by the vehicle; and

(ii)motor vehicles (except those mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection) constructed or adapted to carry goods other than the effects of passengers.

[F3(c)vehicles not falling within paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection which—

(i)are vehicles within the meaning given by Article 4 of the Community Drivers’ Hours Regulation; and

(ii)are not referred to in Article 3 of that Regulation.]

(3)This Part of this Act applies to any such person as follows (in this Part of this Act referred to as “a driver”), that is to say—

(a)a person who drives a vehicle to which this Part of this Act applies in the course of his employment (in this Part of this Act referred to as “an employee-driver”); and

(b)a person who drives such a vehicle for the purposes of a trade or business carried on by him (in this Part of this Act referred to as “an owner-driver”);

and in this Part of this Act references to driving by any person are references to his driving as aforesaid.

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C1S. 95 applied (with modifications) (S.) (4.1.1995) by 1994 c. 39, s. 40(7) (with s. 7(2)); S.I. 1994/2850, art. 3(a), Sch. 2

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