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PART II, LOCAL TRANSPORT - continued

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Bus services: quality partnership schemes
Quality partnership schemes.     113. - (1) A local transport authority, or two or more such authorities acting jointly, may make a quality partnership scheme if they are satisfied that the scheme will to any extent implement the policies set out in their bus strategy or strategies.
 
      (2) A quality partnership scheme is a scheme under which-
 
 
    (a) the authority or authorities provide particular facilities in the whole or part of their area, or combined area, and
 
    (b) operators of local services who wish to use the facilities must undertake to provide local services of a particular standard when using them.
      (3) The authority or authorities must be satisfied that both the provision of those facilities and the provision of local services of that standard will-
 
 
    (a) improve the quality of local services provided in the whole or any part of their area, or combined area, by bringing benefits to persons using those services, or
 
    (b) reduce or limit traffic congestion, noise or air pollution.
      (4) A quality partnership scheme may not be made unless the authority or authorities have complied with the notice and consultation requirements imposed by section 114.
 
      (5) The facilities which may be specified in a scheme-
 
 
    (a) must be facilities provided at specific locations along routes served, or proposed to be served, by local services within the area to which the scheme relates, or facilities which are ancillary to such facilities, but
 
    (b) may not be facilities which are required to be provided as a result of section 138 or 139.
      (6) The standard of services which may be specified in a scheme-
 
 
    (a) include requirements which the vehicles being used to provide the services must meet, but
 
    (b) do not include requirements as to frequency or timing of the services.
      (7) If the provision of any of the facilities requires the making of a traffic regulation order in respect of a road or other place in a metropolitan district (other than a road for which the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales is the traffic authority), the scheme may not be made unless it is made by-
 
 
    (a) the local transport authority or authorities, and
 
    (b) the metropolitan district council for the district,
       acting jointly.
 
      (8) If the provision of any of the facilities requires the making of a traffic regulation order in respect of a road for which the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales is the traffic authority, the scheme may not be made unless it is made by-
 
 
    (a) the local transport authority or authorities, and
 
    (b) the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales,
       acting jointly.
 
      (9) Where subsection (7) or (8) applies so that a metropolitan district council, the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales is a maker of the scheme, then (subject to section 120) the relevant references to the authority or authorities include (as well as the local transport authority or authorities) the metropolitan district council, the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales.
 
      (10) For the purpose of subsection (9) the relevant references are those in-
 
 
    (a) subsections (2) and (4),
 
    (b) sections 114 to 119, and
 
    (c) section 126(7),
       and paragraph 27(3) of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
 
      (11) In carrying out their functions under this Part in relation to quality partnership schemes, local transport authorities must co-operate with one another.
 
      (12) In considering whether to make a quality partnership scheme, a local transport authority must have regard to the desirability, in appropriate cases, of making a scheme jointly with another such authority.
 
Notice and consultation requirements.     114. - (1) If an authority or authorities propose to make a quality partnership scheme, they must give notice of the proposed scheme in at least one newspaper circulating in the area to which it relates.
 
      (2) The notice must either contain full details of the facilities and standards of services or state where such details may be inspected.
 
      (3) After giving notice of the proposed scheme, the authority or authorities must consult-
 
 
    (a) all operators of local services who would, in the opinion of the authority or authorities, be affected by it,
 
    (b) such organisations appearing to the authority or authorities to be representative of users of local services as they think fit,
 
    (c) any other relevant local authority any part of whose area would, in the opinion of the authority or authorities, be affected by it,
 
    (d) the traffic commissioner for each traffic area covering the whole or part of the area to which it relates,
 
    (e) the chief officer of police for each police area covering the whole or part of that area, and
 
    (f) such other persons as the authority or authorities think fit.
      (4) For the purpose of subsection (3)(c) the following are relevant local authorities-
 
 
    (a) local transport authorities,
 
    (b) metropolitan district councils,
 
    (c) London transport authorities, and
 
    (d) councils in Scotland.
Making of scheme.     115. - (1) If the authority or authorities decide that it is appropriate to make the scheme, they may make it as proposed or with modifications.
 
      (2) The scheme must specify-
 
 
    (a) the facilities to be provided under it by the authority or authorities,
 
    (b) the standard of services to be provided under it by operators of local services,
 
    (c) the date on which it is to come into operation, and
 
    (d) the period for which it is to remain in operation, which must not be less than five years.
      (3) The scheme may provide that-
 
 
    (a) local services specified in it, or
 
    (b) local services of a class specified in it,
       are to be excluded from the scheme, subject to such conditions (if any) as may be specified in it.
 
      (4) The date specified in the scheme as that on which it is to come into operation must not be earlier than the date by which, in the opinion of the authority or authorities, it will be reasonably practicable-
 
 
    (a) for the authority or authorities to provide the specified facilities, and
 
    (b) for operators of local services to provide the specified standard of services,
       and, in any event, must not be earlier than the date provided by subsection (5).
 
      (5) The date referred to in subsection (4) is three months after-
 
 
    (a) the date on which the scheme is made, or
 
    (b) if later, the date on which any traffic regulation order required for the provision of any of the specified facilities is made or, if more than one such order is required for that purpose, the date on which the last of them is made.
      (6) Not later than 14 days after the date on which the scheme is made, the authority or authorities must give notice-
 
 
    (a) in at least one newspaper circulating in the area to which the scheme relates, and
 
    (b) to all operators of local services who would, in the opinion of the authority or authorities, be affected by the scheme and the traffic commissioner for each traffic area covering the whole or part of the area to which the scheme relates.
      (7) The notice must-
 
 
    (a) either contain full details of the scheme or state where such details may be inspected, and
 
    (b) if the scheme made is a modified version of that proposed, state that fact.
Postponement of scheme.     116. - (1) If it appears to the authority or authorities appropriate to do so, they may decide that the date on which the scheme would otherwise come into operation shall be postponed by such period, not exceeding 12 months, as they think fit.
 
      (2) Before making such a decision they must consult all operators of local services who would, in their opinion, be affected by the scheme.
 
      (3) Not later than 14 days after the date on which any such decision is made they must give notice of the decision-
 
 
    (a) in at least one newspaper circulating in the area to which the scheme relates, and
 
    (b) to all operators of local services who would, in their opinion, be affected by the scheme and the traffic commissioner for each traffic area covering the whole or part of the area to which the scheme relates.
Effect of scheme.     117. - (1) The authority or authorities must-
 
 
    (a) provide the specified facilities not later than the date on which the scheme is to come into operation, and
 
    (b) continue to provide them throughout the period during which it remains in operation.
      (2) But subsection (1) does not apply in relation to any period during which the authority or authorities are temporarily unable to provide the facilities owing to circumstances beyond their control.
 
      (3) Nor does it apply in the case of the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales if he or it is unable to provide the facilities owing to the variation or revocation of a traffic regulation order.
 
      (4) The operator of a local service may not use facilities provided under a quality partnership scheme unless-
 
 
    (a) he has given a written undertaking to the traffic commissioner for each traffic area covering the whole or part of the area to which the scheme relates that he will provide the service to the standard specified in the scheme when using the facilities, and
 
    (b) he provides the service to that standard when using the facilities, except in relation to any period during which he is temporarily unable to do so owing to circumstances beyond his control.
      (5) But subsection (4) does not apply in relation to services which are excluded from the scheme as a result of any provision of the scheme made in accordance with section 115(3).
 
      (6) Where the exclusion of a local service from the scheme is made subject to conditions as a result of such a provision, those conditions are to be treated, during any period in which the scheme is in operation, as if they were prescribed particulars registered under section 6 of the Transport Act 1985 (registration of local services) of the service concerned.
 
Regulations about schemes involving existing facilities.     118. - (1) The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision about the specifying in quality partnership schemes of facilities which are already being provided before the schemes are proposed ("existing facilities").
 
      (2) The regulations may in particular-
 
 
    (a) provide that existing facilities may not be specified if they were being provided before a date prescribed by, or determined in accordance with, the regulations,
 
    (b) provide that particular existing facilities or classes of existing facilities may not be specified (whenever they were first provided),
 
    (c) provide that particular existing facilities or classes of existing facilities may be specified only in circumstances prescribed by the regulations,
 
    (d) provide that, in circumstances prescribed by the regulations, particular existing facilities or classes of existing facilities may be specified only with the consent of a person prescribed by, or determined in accordance with, the regulations, and
 
    (e) make provision modifying any provision of sections 114 to 116 in relation to schemes which specify existing facilities.
 
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