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(1)It shall be the duty of the holder of a PSV operator’s licence, on the happening to any public service vehicle owned by him of any failure or damage of a nature calculated to affect the safety of occupants of the public service vehicle or of persons using the road, to report the matter as soon as is practicable [F1to the [F2Secretary of State]][F1in accordance with regulations made by virtue of subsection (2A) below].
(2)It shall be the duty of the holder of a PSV operator’s licence, on any alteration otherwise than by replacement of parts being made in the structure or fixed equipment of any public service vehicle owned by him, to give notice of the alteration as soon as is practicable [F1to the [F2Secretary of State]][F1in accordance with regulations made by virtue of subsection (2A) below].
[F3(2A)Regulations may make provision—
(a)for any report or notice required under subsection (1) or (2) above to be made or given to the Secretary of State or to the prescribed testing authority;
(b)for requiring a public service vehicle to be submitted for examination in the event of any such failure or damage as is mentioned in subsection (1) above or any such alteration as is mentioned in subsection (2) above; and
(c)for the examinations to be carried out under the regulations and, in particular, for authorising any such examination to be carried out by or under the direction of a [F4an examiner appointed under section 66A of the Road Traffic Act 1988] or an authorised inspector.]
(3)The traffic [F5commissioner] by whom a PSV operator’s licence was granted may—
(a)require the holder of the licence to supply [F5him] forthwith or within a specified time with such information as [F5he] may reasonably require about the public service vehicles owned by [F6the holder] and normally kept at an operating centre within the area of [F6that commissioner], and to keep up to date information supplied by [F6the holder] under this paragraph; or
(b)require the holder or former holder of the licence to supply [F5him] forthwith or within a specified time with such information as [F5he] may reasonably require about the public service vehicles owned by [F6the holder or former holder] at any material time specified by [F5him] which were at that time normally kept at an operating centre within the area of [F6that commissioner].
In this subsection “material time” means a time when the PSV operator’s licence in question was in force.
(4)Subject to section 68(1) of this Act, a person who fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (1) or (2) above or with any requirement under subsection (3) above shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F7level 3 on the standard scale].
(5)A person who in purporting to comply with any requirement under subsection (3) above supplies any information which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F8level 4 on the standard scale].
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