Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifth Report


APPENDIX I

Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

MOTOR VEHICLES (AUTHORISATION OF SPECIAL TYPES) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) ORDER 1998 (S.I. 1998/2884)

1.  The Committee has asked the Department to submit a Memorandum on the following point -

    Paragraph 8(6) of new Schedule 5A (inserted by article 2(3)) provides that where a vehicle is equipped to operate on more than one fuel but not on a mixture of fuels, a fuel system shall be installed which [(a)] has a control switch which is clearly marked for the selection of each fuel or fuel mixture. Explain the inclusion of the words "or fuel mixture", given that paragraph 8(6) does not apply to a vehicle which is equipped to operate on a mixture of fuels.

2.  The intention is that a vehicle should be fitted with a fuel selection system with a control switch for the selection of each fuel or fuel mixture -

    (a)  where the vehicle could operate at any one time on either compressed natural gas or another fuel; or

    (b)  where the vehicle could operate at any one time on either a mixture of fuels which includes compressed natural gas or a single fuel.

A fuel selection system would not however be required where the vehicle could operate only on a mixture of fuels (which included compressed natural gas).

3.  The Department acknowledges that the Order does not make this intention sufficiently clear at the moment and proposes to make appropriate amendments to clarify the Order at the earliest appropriate opportunity.

22nd December 1998



 
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