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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 12th June 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE C


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES (CARRIAGE OF GUIDE DOGS, ETC.) BILL

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     leave out from beginning to end of line 19 and insert—

       '37A Carrying of assistance dogs in private hire vehicles

    (1)   It is an offence for the operator of a private hire vehicle to fail or refuse to accept a booking for a private hire vehicle—

      (a) if the booking is requested by or on behalf of a disabled person, or a person who wishes a disabled person to accompany him; and

      (b) the reason for the failure or refusal is that the disabled person will be accompanied by his assistance dog.

    (2)    It is an offence for the operator of a private hire vehicle to make an additional charge for carrying an assistance dog which is accompanying a disabled person.

    (3)   It is an offence for the driver of a private hire vehicle to fail or refuse to carry out a booking accepted by the operator of the vehicle—

      (a) if the booking was made by or on behalf of a disabled person, or a person who wishes a disabled person to accompany him; and

      (b) the reason for the failure or refusal is that the disabled person is accompanied by his assistance dog.

    (4)    A person who is guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     leave out from 'to' to end of line 22 and insert 'issue a certificate of exemption to a driver in respect of subsection (3) it must do so.'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

3

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     1,     after 'issue', insert 'a'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

4

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     10,     leave out from beginning to 'if' in line 11 and insert—

    '( )   No offence is committed by a driver under subsection (3)'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

5

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     17,     leave out from beginning to end of line 20.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

6

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     22,     leave out from beginning to 'which' in line 24 and insert'—

      (a) has been trained to guide a blind person;

      (b) has been trained to assist a deaf person;

      (c) has been trained by a prescribed charity to assist a disabled person who has a disability'

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

7

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     28,     leave out from 'objects' to end of line 33.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

8

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     33,     at end insert ';

"driver" means a person who holds a licence granted under—

      (a) section 13 of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 (c. 34) ("the 1998 Act");

      (b) section 51 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (c. 57) ("the 1976 Act"); or

      (c) an equivalent provision of a local enactment;

    "licensing authority", in relation to any area of England and Wales, means the authority responsible for licensing private hire vehicles in that area;

    "operator" means a person who holds a licence granted under—

      (a) section 3 of the 1998 Act;

      (b) section 55 of the 1976 Act; or

      (c) an equivalent provision of a local enactment;

    "private hire vehicle" means a vehicle licensed under—

      (a) section 6 of the 1998 Act;

      (b) section 48 of the 1976 Act; or

      (c) an equivalent provision of a local enactment.'.


   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

9

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     39,     leave out from '(1)(a)' to the end and insert ', for "section 36 or 37" there is substituted "section 36, 37 or 37A".'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

10

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     40,     leave out from '(1)(b)' to the end and insert ', for "section 36(9)(b) or (37)(8)(b)" there is substituted "section 36(9)(b), 37(8)(b) or 37A(8)(b)".'.


   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

11

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     42,     leave out '67' and insert '68'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

12

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     43,     leave out from 'authority"' to end of line 7 on page 3 and insert ', after "authority" there is inserted ", except in section 37A,".'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard

16

*Page     3,     line     8,     leave out Clause 5.


   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

14

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     14,     leave out from 'Act' to end of line 18 and insert '(apart from this section) comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State or, in relation to section (Carrying of guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs: Scotland) the Scottish Ministers, may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

    (3)   Different days may be appointed for different purposes and different areas.'.

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

15

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     19,     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   Any amendment by this Act of an enactment has the same extent as the enactment amended.'.


NEW CLAUSES

Carrying of guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs: Scotland

   

Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr David Jamieson

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    'In section 20 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (c.45) (regulations relating to taxis and private hire cars and their drivers) the following subsection is inserted after subsection (2A)—

          "(2AA)   The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make such provision as appears to them to be necessary or expedient in relation to the carrying in private hire cars of disabled persons (within the meaning of section 1 (2) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (c.50)) and such provision may in particular prescribe—

          (a) requirements as to the carriage of guide dogs, hearing dogs and other categories of dogs;

          (b) a date from which any such provision is to apply and the extent to which it is to apply; and

          (c) the circumstances in which an exemption from such provision may be granted in respect of any private hire car or private hire car driver,

        and in this subsection "guide dog", "hearing dog" and "other categories of dog" have the same meaning as in subsection (2A) above.

          (2AB)   Regulations under subsection (2AA) above shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.".'.


 
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