Safety on Learner Transport (Wales) Measure 2011

Document Number:2011 nawm 6
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/10/2014
 
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A Measure of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about safety on transport provided or otherwise secured by local authorities or governing bodies of maintained schools for the purpose of ensuring the attendance of children at places where they receive education or training; and for connected purposes.

This Measure, passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 22 March 2011 and approved by Her Majesty in Council on 10 May 2011 , enacts the following provisions:

1 Requirement for seat belts on buses used for learner transport

After section 14 of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“Safety on learner transport

14 ARequirement for seat belts on buses used for learner transport

(1) A relevant body must ensure that every bus used for the learner transport it provides or otherwise secures is one that has a seat belt fitted to every passenger seat.

(2) A person who provides learner transport secured by a relevant body must ensure that every bus used for such transport is one that has a seat belt fitted to every passenger seat.

(3) A person who fails to comply with subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(4) It is a defence to show that the failure to comply with subsection (1) or (2) was justified by exceptional circumstances.

(5) Nothing in this section is to be interpreted as setting technical standards for a vehicle’s construction or equipment which differ from the standards that would or might otherwise apply to that vehicle by virtue of any enactment or directly applicable requirement of European Union law.

(6) In this section—

“bus” means a motor vehicle constructed or adapted to carry more than eight seated passengers in addition to the driver;

“enactment” means any of the following, whenever passed or made—

an Act of Parliament;

subordinate legislation made under an Act of Parliament;

a provision of any such Act or subordinate legislation;

“seat belt” means a belt intended to be worn by a person in a vehicle and designed to prevent or lessen injury to its wearer in the event of an accident to the vehicle.”.

2 Further provision as to descriptions of vehicle that may be used for learner transport

After section 14 A of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“Safety on learner transport

14 BFurther provision as to descriptions of vehicle that may be used for learner transport

(1) Regulations may make further provision to—

(a) require a relevant body to ensure that only prescribed descriptions of vehicle are used for the learner transport it provides or otherwise secures;

(b) require a person who provides learner transport secured by a relevant body to use only prescribed descriptions of vehicle;

(c) provide for criminal offences and penalties for breaches of requirements imposed under this section.

(2) Regulations under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) may describe vehicles by reference to a vehicle’s construction, equipment or other characteristics.”.

3 Recording visual images or sound on learner transport

After section 14 B of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 CRecording visual images or sound on learner transport

(1) Regulations may—

(a) require prescribed arrangements to be made for recording visual images or sound of events occurring on the learner transport provided or otherwise secured by a relevant body;

(b) make provision about the use, storage and retention of visual images or sound recorded on learner transport provided or secured by a relevant body;

(c) provide for criminal offences and penalties for breaches of requirements imposed under this section.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) may (among other things) confer powers or duties on any of the following—

(a) a relevant body;

(b) a person who provides learner transport secured by a relevant body.

(3) Regulations under subsection (1) may not authorise or require recording to be carried out in a manner that is calculated to ensure that persons who are subject to it are unaware that it is or may be taking place.”.

4 Safety risk assessment of learner transport

After section 14 C of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 DSafety risk assessment of learner transport

(1) Regulations may require a relevant body to carry out safety risk assessments of the learner transport it provides or otherwise secures.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) may—

(a) impose requirements as to the nature of the assessment to be carried out;

(b) require the production and publication of reports;

(c) prescribe the form and manner of publication;

(d) prescribe the frequency of assessments.”.

5 Driver training

After section 14 D of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 EDriver training

(1) Regulations may require a relevant body that provides or otherwise secures the provision of learner transport to ensure that drivers of vehicles used for such transport have completed prescribed training to a prescribed standard.

(2) Training and standards may be prescribed by reference to a document published, as specified in the regulations, by the Welsh Ministers.

(3) In this section “training” means training about safety on learner transport and working with children.”.

6 Supervisors on learner transport

After section 14 E of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 FSupervisors on learner transport

(1) Regulations may make provision for the supervision of learners using learner transport provided or otherwise secured by a relevant body.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) may (among other things)—

(a) confer powers or impose duties on a relevant body;

(b) make provision about training for persons supervising learners.”.

7 Civil sanctions

(1) After section 14 F of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 GCivil sanctions

Schedule A1 has effect.”.

(2) The Schedule to this Measure has effect.

8 Enforcement authority

After section 14 G of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 HEnforcement authority

(1) Regulations may appoint a person or body (including the Welsh Ministers) to be an enforcement authority.

(2) More than one person or body may be appointed as an enforcement authority.

(3) Regulations may confer powers or impose duties on an enforcement authority to enforce provision made by section 14 A and by regulations under sections 14 B and 14 C and Schedule A1 and may (among other things)—

(a) confer power on an enforcement authority to authorise a person (referred to in this Measure as an “inspector”) to exercise the powers in sections 14 I and 14 J,

(b) make modifications to any enactment applying to the enforcement authority, or

(c) provide for any such enactment to apply, with or without modifications, for the purposes of section 14 A and regulations under sections 14 B and 14 C, this section and Schedule A1.

(4) References in this Measure to an enforcement authority are references to a person or body appointed under this section and include a person appointed by an enforcement authority.

(5) In this section “enactment” includes—

(a) an enactment whenever passed or made,

(b) an enactment comprised in a Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales, and

(c) provision contained in subordinate legislation within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978 (including subordinate legislation made under a Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales).”.

9 Power of entry

After section 14 H of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 IPower of entry

(1) This section applies to—

(a) a vehicle or any premises owned or controlled by a relevant body;

(b) a vehicle or premises falling within subsection (2).

(2) A vehicle or premises falling within this subsection are those—

(a) which are used, or proposed to be used, by any person in connection with the provision of learner transport provided or otherwise secured by a relevant body, or

(b) which an inspector reasonably believes to be so used, or proposed to be so used.

(3) An inspector may at any reasonable time—

(a) detain a vehicle;

(b) enter a vehicle or premises.

(4) But the power in subsection (3) does not include the power to enter premises used wholly or mainly as a private dwelling.

(5) An inspector exercising any power conferred under subsection (3) or section 14 J must, if so required, produce some duly authenticated document showing the inspector’s authority to do so.”.

10 Power of inspection

After section 14 I of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 insert—

“14 JPower of inspection

(1) An inspector who detains a vehicle or enters a vehicle or premises under section 14 I may—

(a) inspect the vehicle or premises;

(b) inspect, take copies of and remove from the vehicle or premises any documents or records relating to the provision of learner transport;

(c) inspect any other item and remove it from the vehicle or premises.

(2) The power in subsection (1)(b) includes—

(a) power to require any person holding or accountable for documents or records kept on the vehicle or premises to produce them, and

(b) in relation to records which are kept by means of a computer, power to require the records to be produced in a legible form which can be taken away.

(3) The power in subsection (1)(b) does not include power—

(a) to require a person to produce any document or record in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings, or

(b) to take copies of such a document or record or to remove it.

(4) In connection with inspecting any such documents, an inspector—

(a) may obtain access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and associated apparatus or material which he or she considers is or has been in use in connection with the documents, and

(b) may require a person within subsection (5) to afford him or her such reasonable assistance as may be required for that purpose.

(5) A person is within this subsection if he or she is—

(a)...

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