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115 Provision of areas for parking heavy goods vehicles, etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A highway authority may provide on land adjoining, or in the vicinity of, a highway or proposed highway for which they are or, as the case may be, will be the highway authority an area, which may be used for all or any of the following purposes;

(a)the parking of heavy goods vehicles;

(b)the transfer of goods to or from any such vehicle from or to any other vehicle; and

(c)the temporary storage of goods which have been or are to be carried or hauled by heavy goods vehicles.

An area provided under this section is in this Act referred to as a “lorry area”.

(2)For the purpose of enabling a lorry area to be used as mentioned in subsection (1) above, the highway authority by whom the area is provided may erect buildings and execute works on the area for the purpose of providing all or any of the following:

(a)parking places for heavy goods vehicles and, if the lorry area is to be used for either or both of the purposes mentioned in subsection (1)(b) and (c) above, parking places for other vehicles which will be on the area in connection with that purpose or those purposes;

(b)a means of access to or from the area from or to a highway;

(c)facilities for the accommodation of persons who will be on the lorry area in connection with any purpose for which the area may be used in pursuance of subsection (1) above or with the provision on the area of any such facilities as are mentioned in this subsection;

(d)facilities for the provision of meals and refreshments for such persons as are mentioned in paragraph (c) above;

(e)facilities for handling and storing goods which have been or are to be carried or hauled by heavy goods vehicles;

(f)service station facilities for such vehicles and for other vehicles entitled to be on the lorry area;

(g)sanitary conveniences (including lavatories) for such persons as are mentioned in paragraph (c) above;

and may install or provide in buildings erected by them under this subsection or elsewhere on the lorry area such equipment, furniture and apparatus as may be necessary for the purpose of providing such facilities or conveniences.

(3)A highway authority may make arrangements with some other person, other than a council, for anything which that authority have power to do under subsection (2) above to be done by that other person and may lease the lorry area or any part of it to that other person, but may not themselves operate any such facilities as are mentioned in paragraphs (c), (d), (e) and (f) of that subsection.

(4)Where a lorry area is provided by the Minister under this section he may enter into agreements with a council for the exercise by the council of all or any of his powers under subsection (2) above or of the powers conferred on him in his capacity as a highway authority by virtue of subsection (6) below.

(5)Subsections (2) and (3) of section 6 above (discharge of functions delegated by the Minister to a council) apply to the exercise of the powers of a council under any agreement made under subsection (4) above and to the conditions to be included in any such agreement as they apply to the discharge of functions delegated under that section to a council and to the conditions to be attached to any such delegation.

(6)[F1Section 35 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984] (power to make orders as to use of certain parking places) applies in relation to a lorry area as it applies in relation to an off-street parking place provided under [F2section 32] of that Act, as if for references to a local authority and such a parking place there were substituted references to a highway authority and a lorry area respectively; and [F3section 112 of and Parts I, II, III and IV of Schedule 9 to] that Act (provisions with respect to certain orders and offences, including orders and offences under [F4the said section 35]) have effect as if—

(a)references therein to [F4the said section 35] and a local authority included references to that section as applied by this subsection and a local highway authority respectively;

(b)references in [F5Part IV of Schedule 9] to a parking place included references to a lorry area; and

(c)the reference in [F6section 112(2)] to the local authority for the parking place included a reference to the highway authority by whom the lorry area was provided.

(7)A council may contribute towards any expenses incurred by the Minister under this section.

(8)In this section—

  • goods” includes goods or burden of any description;

  • heavy goods vehicle” means a motor vehicle constructed or adapted for use for the carriage or haulage of goods and having an unladen weight of 2 tons or more, or a trailer;

  • motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in [F7the Road Traffic Act 1988];

  • trailer” means a vehicle constructed or adapted for use for the carriage of goods and drawn or intended to be drawn by a motor vehicle.

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