Transport Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART III, ROAD USER CHARGING AND WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY - continued
Enforcement of charging schemes - continued

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Immobilisation etc.     175. - (1) The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision enabling or requiring charging schemes under this Part to make provision for or in connection with-
 
 
    (a) the fitting of immobilisation devices to motor vehicles,
 
    (b) the fixing of immobilisation notices to motor vehicles to which an immobilisation device has been fitted,
 
    (c) the removal and storage of motor vehicles,
 
    (d) the release of motor vehicles from immobilisation devices or from storage,
 
    (e) the satisfaction of conditions before the release of a motor vehicle, and
 
    (f) the sale or destruction of motor vehicles not released.
      (2) A person commits an offence if he removes or interferes with an immobilisation notice fixed to a motor vehicle in accordance with provision included in a charging scheme under this Part by virtue of subsection (1) in contravention of such provision.
 
      (3) A person commits an offence if he removes or attempts to remove an immobilisation device fitted to a motor vehicle in accordance with provision included in a charging scheme under this Part by virtue of subsection (1) in contravention of such provision.
 
      (4) A person commits an offence if he intentionally obstructs a person exercising any power conferred on him by provision included in a charging scheme under this Part by virtue of subsection (1).
 
      (5) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.
 
      (6) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (3) or (4) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
 
      (7) In this section "immobilisation device" has the same meaning as in section 104 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
 
      (8) A charging scheme under this Part may not authorise or require the fitting of an immobilisation device to, or the removal of, a motor vehicle unless it is on a road.
 
 
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Equipment etc.     176. - (1) The charging authority, or any of the charging authorities, in relation to a charging scheme under this Part may-
 
 
    (a) install and maintain, or authorise the installation and maintenance of, any equipment, or
 
    (b) construct and maintain, or authorise the construction and maintenance of, any buildings or other structures,
       used or to be used for or in connection with the operation of a charging scheme under this Part.
 
      (2) The appropriate national authority may by regulations approve standards for equipment installed, or authorised to be installed, by charging authorities for or in connection with the operation of charging schemes under this Part.
 
      (3) No equipment may be installed for or in connection with the operation of a charging scheme under this Part if it is incompatible with a standard approved under subsection (2).
 
Traffic signs.     177. - (1) The appropriate national authority may direct the charging authority, or any of the charging authorities, in relation to a charging scheme under this Part (other than a trunk road charging scheme) to place and maintain traffic signs, or cause traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with the scheme.
 
      (2) In the case of a joint local-London charging scheme the Greater London Authority may also exercise the power conferred by subsection (1); but any direction under this subsection shall not have effect if and to the extent that it is inconsistent with a direction under subsection (1).
 
      (3) The appropriate national authority may direct any local traffic authority to place and maintain traffic signs, or cause traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with a trunk road charging scheme.
 
      (4) An authority which is or could be given a direction under this section may enter any land, and exercise any other powers which may be necessary, for placing and maintaining traffic signs, or causing traffic signs to be placed and maintained, in connection with any charging scheme in respect of which a direction is or could be given.
 
      (5) A direction under this section shall be given in writing and may be varied or revoked by the authority by which it was given.
 
      (6) In this section "traffic signs" has the meaning given by section 64 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 but also includes signposts and other signs and notices included in that term by section 71(2) of that Act.
 
 
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