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F157F Validity and effect of penalties.E+W+S

(1)If the relevant operator to whom a [F2penalty notice] relates is aggrieved by a penalty and desires to question its validity on the ground—

(a)that it was not within the powers of section 57A above,

(b)that any of the requirements of section 57C above have not been complied with in relation to it and his interests have been substantially prejudiced by the non-compliance, or

(c)that it was unreasonable of the appropriate authority not to grant an application under section 57C(8) above;

he may make an application to the court under this section.

(2)An application under this section by a person shall be made—

(a)where it is on the ground mentioned in subsection (1)(c) above, within 42 days from the date on which he is notified of the decision not to grant the application under section 57C(8) above, and

(b)in any other case, within 42 days from the date of service on him of the notice under section 57C(6) above.

(3)If an application is made under this section in relation to a penalty, the penalty need not be paid until the application has been determined.

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F1Ss. 57A-57F inserted (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, s. 225(1) (with Sch. 28 paras. 6-8, 17); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I (subject to savings and transitional provisions in Sch. 2 Pt. II)

F2Words in s. 57F(1) substituted (24.7.2005) by Railways Act 2005 (c. 14), ss. 54, 60, Sch. 11 para. 8; S.I 2005/1909, {art. 1}, Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 57F applied (with modifications) (28.11.2005) by The Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/3050), reg. 15,{Sch. 3 para. 1(c)}

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