Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Second Report


APPENDIX I

Memorandum by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland


ROAD TRANSPORT LICENSING (FEES) REGULATIONS
(NORTHERN IRELAND) 1997 (S.R. 1997/57)

  1. By a letter dated 19 March 1997 the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has requested a memorandum on the following point:

    "The fees increases provided for in this Instrument range between 28% and 40%. Explain the reasons for increases on this scale".

  2. The fees for Road Service Licence, Road Freight Operator's Licence and Road Freight Vehicle Licence were last increased in September 1993. The increases provided for in this instrument are required to achieve full cost recovery of the services provided in relation to transport licensing and enforcement.

  3. The functions, the costs of which are to be taken into account by the Department in fixing such fees, and matters to be taken into account in determining those costs, are specified respectively in Part II of Schedule 1, and in Schedule 2, to the Department of the Environment (Fees) Order (Northern Ireland) 1996 (S.R. 1996 No. 87).

  4. In Great Britain, the recent introduction of the continuous licensing system and a new basic structure for fees means it is not possible to make a straight comparison with fees in Northern Ireland. However, due to smaller fleet sizes, it is estimated that fees for most Northern Ireland operators remain lower than those for comparable operators in Greater Britain.

25th March 1997


 
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