The author discusses the radical changes in the licensing laws which together with the privatisation of the National Bus Company and the provision of government support for some passenger transport services are the principal measures proposed in the Transport Act 1985. It is intended to abolish the present system of road service licensing for local operations allowing free competition. The bill proposes that local passenger services be provided by independent operators holding PSV Operators "O" licenses who have registered particulars of the service they wish to operate with the traffic commissioner. London services are to be dealt with separately. The Secretary of State's powers to designate new passenger transport areas are to be Replaced by Passenger Transport Authorities and Passenger Transport Executives with general duties replaced to provide an integrated public passenger transport system. Local authorities may subsidise routes but must not inhibit competition; they are also required to cooperate with each other to obtain the best value for money in operating all their services. PSV "O" licences are normally valid for five years. They specify the maximum number of vehicles an operator can use from the area of issue; a separate licence is needed for each area and only one licence per area is permitted.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Barry Rose Law Periodicals Limited

    East Row, Little London
    Chichester, West Sussex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • LOWE, D
  • Publication Date: 1985-5-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 78-82
  • Serial:
    • Road Law
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Barry Rose Law Periodicals Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00456336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM