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Interpretation of Part III.     198. - (1) In this Part-
 
 
    "the appropriate national authority" means-
 
      (a) the Secretary of State in relation to charging schemes and licensing schemes relating only to England,
 
      (b) the National Assembly for Wales in relation to charging schemes and licensing relating only to Wales, and
 
      (c) the Secretary of State and the National Assembly for Wales, acting jointly, in relation to charging schemes and licensing schemes relating to both England and Wales,
 
    "bridge" means a bridge or viaduct and includes the abutments of a bridge,
 
    "charging authority" and "charging authorities" have the meanings given by section 163(5),
 
    "charging scheme" has the meaning given by section 163(1),
 
    "charging scheme penalty charges" shall be construed in accordance with section 173(1),
 
    "exempt vehicle", in relation to a licensing scheme, means a motor vehicle exempt from licensing under the scheme by virtue of regulations under subsection (1) of section 187 or provision included in the scheme by virtue of subsection (2) of that section,
 
    "financial year" means a period of twelve months ending with 31st March,
 
    "joint local charging scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 163(3)(b),
 
    "joint local licensing scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 178(5)(b),
 
    "joint local-London charging scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 163(3)(c),
 
    "joint local-London licensing scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 178(5)(c),
 
    "licence" shall be construed in accordance with section 178(3),
 
    "licensed unit" has the meaning given by section 178(4),
 
    "licensing area" shall be construed in accordance with section 186(1)(a),
 
    "licensing authority" and "licensing authorities" have the meanings given by section 178(6),
 
    "licensing scheme" has the meaning given by section 178(1),
 
    "licensing scheme penalty charges" shall be construed in accordance with section 189(1),
 
    "local charging scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 163(3)(a),
 
    "local licensing scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 178(5)(a),
 
    "local traffic authority" has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,
 
    "London traffic authority" means Transport for London, a London borough council or the Common Council of the City of London,
 
    "motor vehicle" has the meaning given in section 185(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, except that section 189 of that Act (exception for certain pedestrian controlled vehicles and electrically assisted pedal cycles) shall apply as it applies for the purposes of the Road Traffic Acts,
 
    "non-metropolitan local traffic authority" shall be construed in accordance with section 163(4),
 
    "operation" includes enforcement (related expressions being construed accordingly),
 
    "registered keeper", in relation to a charge imposed in respect of motor vehicle, means the person in whose name the vehicle was registered under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 at the time of the act, omission, event or circumstances in respect of which the charge is imposed,
 
    "road" has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,
 
    "trunk road charging scheme" shall be construed in accordance with section 163(3)(d), and
 
    "workplace parking place" shall be construed in accordance with section 182.
      (2) Any reference in this Part to an authority's local transport plan shall, where the authority is the council of a metropolitan district, be construed as a reference to the local transport plan made jointly by the Passenger Transport Authority for the passenger transport area in which the district is included and the councils for the metropolitan districts comprised in that area.
 
      (3) Any reference in this Part to a class of motor vehicles is a reference to a class defined or described, by reference to any characteristics of the motor vehicles or to any other circumstances whatsoever, in regulations made by the appropriate national authority.
 
Amendments of Greater London Authority Act.     199. Schedule 13 contains amendments of Schedules 23 and 24 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 in consequence of the provisions of this Part and minor amendments of those Schedules.
 
Exemption from local non-domestic rating.     200. In Schedule 5 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (local non-domestic rating: exemptions), after paragraph 18A insert-
 
 

"Property used for road user charging schemes
 18B. - (1) A hereditament which is occupied (as mentioned in section 65 of this Act) is exempt to the extent that-
 
 
    (a) it consists of a road in respect of which charges are imposed by a charging scheme under Schedule 23 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 or Part III of the Transport Act 2000, or
 
    (b) it is used solely for or in connection with the operation of such a scheme.
      (2) But office buildings are not exempt under sub-paragraph (1)(b) above."
 
 
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