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Deregulation Act 2015

Section 54: Removal of restriction on investigation of tramway accidents in Scotland by RAIB

247.Section 14(2) of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 prevents the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) from investigating tramway accidents in Scotland.

248.This section will have the effect of removing that prohibition. It will allow RAIB inspectors to conduct investigations of tramway accidents and incidents in Scotland in accordance with its statutory powers. RAIB investigators already investigate accidents and incidents on all main line services (including in Scotland) and undertake investigations into tramway accidents and incidents in England and Wales.

249.This section forms part of the law of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but will apply in relation to Scotland only.

250.This section comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which the Act is passed.

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