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(1)The [F1licensing authority] may make regulations for any purpose for which regulations may be made under this Act [F2(other than section 37)]or for prescribing anything which falls to be prescribed under any provision of this Act [F2(other than section 37)].
(2)Regulations under this Act may—
(a)make different provision for different cases;
(b)provide for exemptions from any provision of the regulations; and
(c)contain incidental, consequential, transitional and supplemental provision.
(3)Any power to make regulations [F3conferred on the Secretary of State by section 37]is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
[F4(4)Any power of the licensing authority to make regulations under this Act includes power to vary or revoke previous regulations made under this Act (other than regulations made under section 37).
(5)Subsection (4) applies notwithstanding that the previous regulations in question were made by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument.
(6)The licensing authority shall secure that any regulations made under this Act by the authority are printed and published.
(7)A fee may be charged for the sale of regulations printed and published under subsection (6).]
(1)Where an offence by any person under this Act is due to the act or default of another person, then (whether proceedings are taken against the first mentioned person or not) that other person is guilty of the offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(2)Where an offence under this Act committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate (or any person purporting to act in that capacity), he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(1)Any notice authorised or required under this Act to be given to any person may be served by post.
(2)For the purposes of section 7 of the M1Interpretation Act 1978 any such notice is properly addressed to a London PHV operator if it is addressed to him at any operating centre of his in London.
(3)Any notice authorised or required under this Act to be given to the owner of a vehicle shall be deemed to have been effectively given if it is given to the person who is for the time being notified to the [F5licensing authority] for the purposes of this Act as the owner of the vehicle (or, if more than one person is currently notified as the owner, if it is given to any of them).
(1)For the purposes of this Act the owner of a vehicle shall be taken to be the person by whom it is kept.
(2)In determining, in the course of any proceedings for an offence under this Act, who was the owner of a vehicle at any time it shall be presumed that the owner was the person who was the registered keeper of the vehicle at that time.
(3)Notwithstanding that presumption—
(a)it is open to the defence to show that the person who was the registered keeper of a vehicle at any particular time was not the person by whom the vehicle was kept at that time; and
(b)it is open to the prosecution to prove that the vehicle was kept at that time by some person other than the registered keeper.
(4)In this section “registered keeper”, in relation to a vehicle, means the person in whose name the vehicle was registered under the M2Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
“[F6licensing authority] for the purposes of this Act;” means an officer authorised in writing by the
[F7“controlled district” means any area for which Part II of the 1976 Act is in force by virtue of—
a resolution by a district council under section 45 of that Act; or
section 255(4) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999;]
“driver’s badge” means the badge issued to the holder of a London PHV driver’s licence;
“hackney carriage” means a vehicle licensed under section 37 of the M3Town Police Clauses Act 1847 or any similar enactment;
“licensed taxi” means a hackney carriage, a London cab or a taxi licensed under Part II of the 1982 Act;
[F8“” means Transport for London;]
“London” means the area consisting of the metropolitan police district and the City of London (including the Temples);
“London cab” means a vehicle licensed under section 6 of the M4Metropolitan Public Carriage Act 1869;
“London PHV driver’s licence” means a licence under section 13;
“London PHV licence” means a licence under section 7;
“London PHV operator” has the meaning given in section 4(1);
“London PHV operator’s licence” means a licence under section 2;
“notice” means notice in writing;
“operating centre” has the meaning given in section 1(5);
“operator” has the meaning given in section 1(1);
“prescribed” means prescribed in regulations under section 32(1);
“private hire vehicle” has the meaning given in section 1(1);
“public service vehicle” has the same meaning as in the M5Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981;
“road” means any length of highway or of any other road to which the public has access (including bridges over which a road passes);
“the 1976 Act” means the M6Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976;
“the 1982 Act” means the M7Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982; and
“vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle (other than a tramcar) intended or adapted for use on roads.
(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make such transitional provisions and such savings as he considers necessary or expedient in preparation for, in connection with, or in consequence of—
(a)the coming into force of any provision of this Act; or
(b)the operation of any enactment repealed or amended by a provision of this Act during any period when the repeal or amendment is not wholly in force.
(2)Regulations under this section may modify any enactment contained in this or in any other Act.
[F9(3)Before making regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall consult the licensing authority.]
(1)Schedule 1 (minor and consequential amendments) shall have effect.
(2)The enactments mentioned in Schedule 2 are repealed to the extent specified.
(1)This Act may be cited as the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998.
(2)This Act (apart from this section) shall come into force on such date as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; but different dates may be appointed for different purposes.
An order under this subsection may contain any provision which could be made under section 37 in connection with any provision brought into force by the order.
(3)Any provision of this Act which amends or repeals any other Act has the same extent as the provision being amended or repealed.
(4)Subject to subsection (3), this Act extends only to England and Wales.
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