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Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Territorial Extent

    1. Scotland

    2. Northern Ireland

    3. Territorial application: Wales

  4. The Act

    1. Part 1 - Investigation of Railway Accidents

      1. Background

      2. Commentary on sections

        1. Section 1: Meaning of “railway” and “railway property”

        2. Section 2: Meaning of “railway accident” and “railway incident”

        3. Section 3: Establishment

        4. Section 4: General Aims

        5. Section 5: Assistance to others

        6. Section 6: Annual Report

        7. Section 7: Investigations

        8. Section 8: Investigator’s powers

        9. Section 9: Regulations

        10. Section 10: Requirement to Investigate

        11. Section 11: Accident regulations

      3. Public Sector financial and manpower cost

      4. Human Rights assessment

    2. Part 2 - Office of Rail Regulation

      1. Background

      2. Commentary on sections

        1. Section 15: Establishment & Schedule 1: Office of Rail Regulation

        2. Section 16: Transfer of functions

    3. Schedule 2 – Abolition of Rail Regulator: consequential amendments

    4. Schedule 3 – Abolition of Rail Regulator: savings,

      1. Public Sector financial and manpower cost

      2. Human Rights assessment

    5. Part 3 – British Transport Police

      1. Background

      2. Commentary on Sections

        1. Section 18 & Schedule 4: The British Transport Police Authority

          1. Membership of the Police Authority

          2. Pensions

        2. Sections 21-26: Senior officers and constables of the

        3. Section 28: Exercise of powers by civilians

        4. Section 29: Terms of employment

        5. Section 31: Jurisdiction

        6. Section 32: Prosecution

        7. Sections 33-35: Police Services Agreements

        8. Section 36-45: Police Regulations

        9. Section 46: Conditions of service: Transport Police Conference

        10. Sections 47-49: Codes of Practice and service outside the

        11. Sections 50-55: Planning

        12. Sections 56-61: Information

        13. Section 63-67: Inspection

        14. Section 73: transitional and incidental provision

      3. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      4. Human Rights assessment

    6. Part 4 - Shipping: Alcohol and Drugs

      1. Background

      2. Commentary on sections

        1. Section 78: Professional staff on duty

        2. Section 79: Professional staff off duty

        3. Section 80: Non-professionals

        4. Section 83: Specimens, &c.

        5. Section 84: Detention pending arrival of police

        6. Section 86: Right of entry

        7. Section 88: Orders and regulations

        8. Section 90: Crown application &c.

        9. Section 91: Territorial application

      3. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      4. Human Rights assessment

    7. Part 5 - Aviation: Alcohol and Drugs

      1. Background

      2. Commentary on sections

        1. Section 92: Being unfit for duty

        2. Section 93: Prescribed limit

        3. Section 94: Aviation functions

        4. Section 95: Penalty

        5. Section 96: Specimens, &c.

        6. Sections 97 and 98: Arrest without a warrant, Right of entry

        7. Sections 100 and 101: Crown and military application

        8. Section 102: Territorial application

      3. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      4. Human Rights assessment

    8. Part 6 – Miscellaneous

      1. Section 103: International Carriage by Rail

        1. Background

        2. Commentary on section

    9. Schedule 6 – Convention on International Carriage by Rail

      1. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      2. Human Rights assessment

        1. Section 104: Office of Rail Regulation: general duties

        2. Section 105: Railway safety levy

      3. Background

      4. Commentary on section

      5. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      6. Human Rights assessment

        1. Section 106: Railway security services

      7. Background

      8. Commentary on section

      9. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      10. Human Rights assessment

        1. Section 107 & Schedule 7 – Road traffic: testing for drink and drugs

        2. Section 108: Traffic regulation on long-distance routes

        3. Section 109: Road traffic: fixed penalty

        4. Section 110: Seat belts: delivery drivers

        5. Section 111: Highways: snow and ice

      11. Background

        1. Section 112: Shipping legislation: application to structures, craft &c.

        2. Section 113: Maritime security services

      12. Background

      13. Commentary on section

      14. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      15. Human Rights assessment

        1. Sections 114 and 115: Railways in London: transfers & information

      16. Background

      17. Commentary on sections

      18. Public sector financial and manpower cost

      19. Human Rights assessment

    10. Part 7 – General

      1. Section 116: Schedules 1 & 4: sequestration, &c. in Scotland

      2. Section 120: Commencement

  5. Summary of the Regulatory Appraisal

    1. Rail Accident Investigation Branch

    2. Office of Rail Regulation

    3. British Transport Police

    4. Shipping and aviation: Alcohol and drugs

    5. International Carriage by Rail

    6. Greater London Authority

    7. Hansard references

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