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Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

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31Grant of road service licences

(1)An application for a road service licence shall be made in such form as the traffic commissioners may require, and an applicant shall give the commissioners such information as they may reasonably require for disposing of the application.

(2)Where an application is made for the grant of a road service licence, the traffic commissioners—

(a)shall grant the licence unless they are satisfied that to do so would be against the interests of the public; and

(b)if they grant the licence, shall do so in accordance with the application except to the extent that they are satisfied that to do so would be against the interests of the public.

(3)In considering under subsection (2) above whether the grant of a licence would be against the interests of the public, or the extent to which the grant of a licence in accordance with the application would be against those interests, the traffic commisioners shall in particular have regard to—

(a)the transport requirements of the area as a whole (including so much as is relevant not only of the commissioners' own traffic area but also of adjoining traffic areas) and of particular communities in the area ;

(b)any transport policies or plans which have been made by the local authorities concerned and have been drawn to the commissioners' attention by those authorities; and

(c)any objections or other representations made to the commissioners in the prescribed manner which in their opinion are relevant.

(4)In subsection (3) above " the local authorities concerned " means—

(a)in Greater London, the Greater London Council;

(b)elsewhere in England and Wales, county councils ; and

(c)in Scotland, regional and islands councils.

(5)The traffic commissioners, on granting a road service licence, shall send notice thereof, including particulars of the services to be provided thereunder, to the chief officer of police of every police district in which any such service is to be provided and to each of the following councils in whose area any such service is to be provided, that is to say—

(a)the Greater London Council, any London borough council and the Common Council of the City of London;

(b)any county council or district council in England or Wales; and

(c)any regional, islands or district council in Scotland.

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