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Police Reform Act 2002

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43Railway safety accreditation scheme

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(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations for the purpose of enabling the chief constable of the British Transport Police Force to establish and maintain a scheme (“a railway safety accreditation scheme”).

(2)A railway safety accreditation scheme is a scheme for the exercise in, on or in the vicinity of policed premises in England and Wales, by persons accredited by the chief constable of the British Transport Police Force under the scheme, of the powers conferred on those persons by their accreditation under that scheme.

(3)The regulations may make provision—

(a)as to the purposes for which a railway safety accreditation scheme may be established;

(b)as to the procedure to be followed in the establishment of such a scheme; and

(c)as to matters for which such a scheme must contain provision.

(4)The regulations may make provision as to the descriptions of persons who may be accredited under a railway safety accreditation scheme and as to the procedure and criteria to be applied for the grant of any accreditation under such a scheme.

(5)The regulations may make provision as to the powers which may be conferred on a person by an accreditation under such a scheme.

(6)Subject to subsection (7), no regulations made by virtue of subsection (5) shall permit a power to be conferred on a person accredited under a railway safety accreditation scheme which could not be conferred on an accredited person under a community safety accreditation scheme.

(7)The regulations may provide that the powers which may be conferred on a person by an accreditation under a railway safety accreditation scheme include the powers of a constable in uniform and of an authorised constable to give a penalty notice under Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (fixed penalty notices) in respect of the following offences—

(a)an offence under section 55 of the British Transport Commission Act 1949 (c. xxix) (trespassing on a railway);

(b)an offence under section 56 of that Act (throwing stones etc. at trains or other things on railways).

(8)In relation to a person accredited under a railway safety accreditation scheme, the regulations may apply, with such modifications as may be prescribed by them, any provision of this Chapter which applies in relation to an accredited person.

(9)Before making regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall consult with—

(a)persons whom he considers to represent the interests of chief officers of police;

(b)the chief constable of the British Transport Police Force;

(c)persons whom he considers to represent the interests of police authorities;

(d)the British Transport Police Committee;

(e)persons whom he considers to represent the interests of local authorities;

(f)the Mayor of London; and

(g)such other persons as he thinks fit.

(10)In this section—

  • “local authorities” means district councils, London borough councils, county councils in Wales, county borough councils and the Common Council of the City of London; and

  • “policed premises” has the meaning given by section 53(3) of the British Transport Commission Act 1949.

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