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2.—(1) In these Regulations—
“the 1985 Act” means the Transport Act 1985;
“the 2000 Act” means the Transport Act 2000(1);
“quality contract” has the meaning given in section 124(4) of the 2000 Act;
“scheme” means a quality contracts scheme, as defined in section 124(3) of the 2000 Act(2);
“transitional period” means, in relation to any scheme or (in the case of a scheme which provides for different provisions to come into operation on different dates) any provision of a scheme, the period commencing on the date on which the scheme is made under section 127 of the 2000 Act (making of scheme)(3) and ending on the date on which, on the coming into force of a quality contract, a person would be required by virtue of section 129(1)(b) of the 2000 Act (prohibition on provision of local services other than under a quality contract)(4) to cease providing a local service.
(2) Any period of days prescribed in these Regulations is to be calculated excluding any day which is Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday in England and Wales under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(5).
The provisions about quality contracts schemes are contained in sections 124 to 134B of that Act. These provisions were amended by sections 19 to 44 of the Local Transport Act 2008.
Section 124(3) was amended by section 19(1) and (4) of the Local Transport Act 2008.
Section 127 was amended by section 26(1) to (8) of the Local Transport Act 2008.
Section 129(1) was amended by section 29(1) and (2) of the Local Transport Act 2008.
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