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The Road Safety Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2)(England and Wales) Order 2007

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2007 No. 3492 (C. 149)

ROAD TRAFFIC

The Road Safety Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2)(England and Wales) Order 2007

Made

10th December 2007

The Secretary of State for Transport makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by section 61 of the Road Safety Act 2006(1).

Citation and extent

1.  This Order may be cited as the Road Safety Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2)(England and Wales) Order 2007 and extends to England and Wales only.

Commencement of provisions

2.  Sections 53 and 55 of the Road Safety Act 2006 shall come into force on 28th January 2008.

3.  Section 54 of the Road Safety Act 2006 shall come into force on 31st March 2008.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Rosie Winterton

Minister of State

Department for Transport

10th December 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force the following provisions of the Road Safety Act 2006 which extend only to England and Wales.

Sections 53 and 55 are brought into force on 28th January 2008 and section 54 on 31st March 2008.

Section 53 (abolition of “contract exemption”) repeals section 75(1)(b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (1976 c.57) which exempts from licensing as a private hire vehicle vehicles which are used only for carrying passengers for hire and reward under a contract for the hire of the vehicle for a period of not less than seven days.

Section 54 (private hire vehicles in London) amends the definition of “private hire vehicle” in section 1(1)(a) of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 (1998 c.34) by removing the words “to the public”, so bringing within the London private hire vehicle licensing regime operators and drivers who are currently providing a service to an identified group or organisation (but not the public at large).

Section 55 (trunk road picnic areas) amends section 112 of the Highways Act 1980 (1980 c.66) to enable the Secretary of State to provide picnic sites on land adjoining, or in the vicinity of, motorways and to enter into arrangements for the provision of facilities at such sites and of public sanitary conveniences on land adjoining the motorway.

NOTE AS TO EARLIER COMMENCEMENT ORDERS

(This note is not part of the Order)

The following provisions of the Road Safety Act 2006 which relate only to England and Wales have been brought into force by commencement order made before the date of this Order:

ProvisionDate of CommencementS.I. No.
Sections 44 and 5216.3.20072007/466

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