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After Clause 257
 
  
BY THE EARL ATTLEE
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Driving instructors 
     .  In section 125 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, for subsection (3)(a) there is substituted--
    (a)  he has either--
          (i)  passed such examination of ability to give instruction in the driving of motor cars (consisting of a written examination, a practical test of ability and fitness to drive and a practical test of ability and fitness to instruct) as may be so prescribed, or--
          (ii)  within the last 5 years has qualified as a driving instructor at a defence school of transport operated by the Secretary of State, provided that any such qualification has not been revoked,".")
Register of approved driving instructors.
  
BY THE BARONESS THOMAS OF WALLISWOOD
THE LORD BRADSHAW
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".  In paragraph 2(5) of Schedule 3 to the Road Traffic Act 1991 (special parking areas), at the end of the words in parentheses insert "and to moving vehicles failing to comply with the indications given by the signs shown in any of diagrams 612, 613, 614, 953, 960, 961, 1043, 1044, 1048 and 1048.1 of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1994.")S.I. 1994.
No. 1519.
Special parking areas.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  In paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3 to the Road Traffic Act 1991 (control of parking in permitted and special parking areas), omit "stationary".")Parking in permitted and special parking areas.
  
BY THE BARONESS THOMAS OF WALLISWOOD
THE BARONESS SCOTT OF NEEDHAM MARKET
THE LORD BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  As part of their local transport plan, and subject to guidance issued by the Secretary of State, a local transport authority may designate any residential road or roads within their area as a home zone, and any rural road within their area as a quiet lane, for any or all of the following purposes--
    (a)  improving the environment;
    (b)  improving the safety and security of the community in whose area the home zone is situated;
    (c)  improving safety on rural roads, especially for pedestrians, pedal cyclists and horse riders, by reducing the risk of accidents;
    (d)  protecting the character and distinctiveness of the countryside from damage to traffic.
    (2)  The Secretary of State may introduce regulations with regard to home zones or quiet lanes which may have any or all of the following effects--
    (a)  giving pedestrians and pedal cyclists precedence on any highway in a home zone, and pedestrians, pedal cyclists and horseriders precedence on any quiet lane;
    (b)  requiring the driver of any mechanically powered vehicle to accord such precedence to any pedestrian, pedal cyclist or horse rider;
    (c)  requiring pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders to show reasonable behaviour towards any mechanically powered vehicle, and not wilfully to obstruct its passage;
    (d)  requiring physical or other measures to reduce traffic speeds to no more than 10 mph in a road designated as a home zone, or 20 mph on a designated quiet lane.")
Local transport plan and road traffic.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Local transport authorities shall have the power under this section to review any restricted and unrestricted non-urban road or roads for which they are the traffic authority and reclassify them as part of a rural road hierarchy.
 
    (2)  Local transport authorities may amend the existing speed limit for a road or roads within that classification, taking into account guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
 
    (3)  As soon as is practicable and no later than six months after the coming into force of this Act the Secretary of State shall issue guidance as to the way in which a transport authority shall exercise its powers in developing a rural road hierarchy.
 
    (4)  Guidance under this section shall include guidance on--
    (a)  the function of the rural road hierarchy;
    (b)  definitions of different road types and areas, including country lanes, quiet lanes and villages;
    (c)  the procedures for reviewing the classification of roads and reclassifying them, including the use of appraisal;
    (d)  requirements for public consultation;
    (e)  appropriate speed limits for different road types within the hierarchy;
    (f)  the procedures for applying speed limits on an area basis;
    (g)  how the rural road hierarchy will link into requirements under section 98 for the production of local transport plans; and
    (h)  the relationship between the rural road hierarchy and urban roads.
    (5)  The Secretary of State may, if he deems it appropriate, issue different guidance for different authorities or different types of authority or for different areas.")
Rural road hierarchy.
  
BY THE EARL ATTLEE
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Secretary of State shall undertake an annual examination of the road haulage industry to establish the industry's needs with regard to the employment and training of commercial vehicle drivers.
 
    (2)  The Secretary of State shall publish his conclusions in an annual report laid before Parliament.
 
    (3)  The report shall cover--
    (a)  shortages and surpluses in each region;
    (b)  backlog of vocational driving tests;
    (c)  training needs in the use of information technology (transport telematics);
    (d)  shortages of suitable driving and related transport instructors; and
    (e)  shortages of examiners.")
Driver employment and training in road haulage industry: publication of annual report.
  
BY THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE EARL ATTLEE
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Secretary of State will within twelve months of this Act coming into force make a report to Parliament as to what current fiscal provisions in his opinion inhibit the promotion of cycling, walking, the use and integration of public transport, the reduction in the use of motor vehicles and improvement in their environmental performance and what fiscal provisions in his opinion would further such promotion without the imposition of further taxes.")Report on fiscal provisions.
  
BY THE LORD PEYTON OF YEOVIL
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Except in cases of emergency arising from defects in any pipes, cables or other works, an undertaker planning to execute street works in a maintainable highway must inform (in respect of local transport) the local transport authority and (in respect of traffic regulation) the traffic authority (or in Greater London, Transport for London) of the proposed works.
 
    (2)  Where--
    (a)  the local transport authority considers that street works notified to them under subsection (1) adversely effect the implementation of the local transport plan made under section 98, or
    (b)  the traffic authority (or in Greater London, Transport for London) considers that those street works adversely effect the passage of traffic on a road or roads,
the relevant authority may levy a charge of £1,000 for each day or part of a day in which a street, or a unit of area of a street, is occupied for the purpose of executing those street works.
 
    (3)  Where street works notified under subsection (1) occupy more than one unit of area of a street a charge may be levied under subsection (2) in respect of each unit.
 
    (4)  The Secretary of State shall make provision by regulations--
    (a)  as to the meaning of "unit of area" in this section;
    (b)  as to the time and manner of making payment of a charge;
    (c)  for the relevant authority to reduce the amount, or waive payment, of a charge in any particular case, in such classes of case as they may decide or as may be prescribed, or generally.
    (5)  The Secretary of State may by regulations substitute for the sum mentioned in subsection (2) such higher sum as appears to him appropriate.
 
    (6)  Regulations under subsection (5) shall not be made unless a draft of them has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
 
    (7)  Regulations under subsection (4)(a) may make different provision in respect of different areas or classes of area or for different streets or classes of street.
 
    (8)  Regulations under subsection (4) shall be laid before Parliament and subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House.
 
    (9)  In this section--
    (a)  local transport authority" has the same meaning as in section 98 above,
Street works: charges for adverse affect on transport and traffic.
 
    (b)  road" has the same meaning as in section 142 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,
    (c)  traffic authority" has the same meaning as in section 121A of that Act.
    (10)  The power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument.")
1984. c. 27.
  
Clause 264
 
  
BY THE EARL ATTLEE
 
     Page 164, line 19, at end insert ("and section ("Enforcement of requirements relating to drivers' hours") 
  
BY THE LORD PEYTON OF YEOVIL
 
     Page 164, line 19, at end insert ("and section (Street works: charges for adverse effect on transport and traffic.)") 
 
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