Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations, 1963

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S.I. No. 191 of 1963.

ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS, 1963.

PART I.

GENERAL.

Article.

1. Citation.

2. Commencement.

3. Interpretation.

4. Revocations.

PART II.

OPERATION OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

5. Use of vehicle for carriage of persons for reward.

6. Use of vehicle as public hire vehicle.

7. Public hire vehicles in taximeter areas.

8. Taximeters.

9. Maximum fares in taximeter areas.

10. Certificate as to maximum fares.

11. Notice of maximum fares.

12. Use of word "taxi".

13. Vehicle plate.

14. Conductors.

15. Weekly period of rest.

16. Defective public service vehicle.

17. Damage to public service vehicles.

18. Carriage of dangerous substances.

PART III.

LICENSING OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

19. Application of this Part.

20. Grant of public service vehicle licence.

21. Form and duration of licence.

22. Death of owner.

23. Infancy, etc. of owner.

24. Revocation of licence.

25. Suspension of licence.

26. Surrender of licence.

27. Appeal.

28. Vehicle plate.

29. Delivery of licence and plate by owner.

30. Change of address.

31. Fees.

32. Register of public service vehicle licences.

33. Inspection of licensed public service vehicles.

PART IV.

LICENSING OF DRIVERS OF PUBLIC HIRE VEHICLES.

Article.

34. Grant of licence.

35. Form and duration of licence.

36. Revocation of licence.

37. Appeal.

38. Driver's badge.

39. Delivery of licence and badge by driver.

40. Change of address.

41. Fees.

42. Register.

43. Restriction on driving of licensed public hire vehicle.

PART V.

DUTIES OF DRIVERS, CONDUCTORS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES AND PASSENGERS ON PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

44. Rules for conductor and driver of large public service vehicle.

45. Rules for conductor of large public service vehicle.

46. Rules for driver of large public service vehicle.

47. Rules for persons employed on large public service vehicle.

48. Rules for passengers on large public service vehicle.

49. Powers of conductor of large public service vehicle.

50. Reference to conductor.

51. Commencement of hire and standing for hire.

52. Duties of drivers of public hire vehicles.

53. Special rules for the drivers of public hire vehicles fitted with taximeters.

54. Rules for passengers in public hire vehicles.

55. Powers of the driver of a public hire vehicle.

56. Payment of fares, etc.

57. Entering a public service vehicle.

58. Removal of persons or articles from vehicles.

59. Giving of name and address.

PART VI.

MISCELLANEOUS AND TRANSITIONAL.

60. School vehicle licences.

61. Penal regulations and owner liability.

62. Transitional.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

PENAL REGULATIONS.

SECOND SCHEDULE.

REVOCATIONS.

S.I. No. 191 of 1963.

ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS, 1963.

The Minister for Local Government in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 5 and 82 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (No. 24 of 1961) hereby makes the following Regulations—

PART I. GENERAL.

1 Citation:

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations, 1963.

2 Commencement.

2. These Regulations shall come into operation on the 27th day of October, 1963.

3 Interpretation.

3. (1) In these Regulations, save where the context otherwise requires:—

"the Act" means the Road Traffic Act, 1961 ;

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána;

"Cork Corporation" means the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Cork;

"Cork taximeter area" means the area consisting of the County Borough of Cork together with such portion of the County of Cork as lies within a circle with a radius of ten miles having its centre at the principal post office at Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork;

"Dublin Corporation" means the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Dublin;

"Dublin taximeter area" means the area consisting of the County Borough of Dublin, the Borough of Dún Laoghaire and such portion of the County of Dublin as lies within a circle with a radius of ten miles having its centre at the General Post Office at O'Connell street, Dublin;

"licensed private hire vehicle" means a small public service vehicle the public service vehicle licence in respect of which limits the use of the vehicle to use as a private hire vehicle;

"licensed public hire vehicle" means a small public service vehicle the public service vehicle licence in respect of which does not limit the use of the vehicle to use as a private hire vehicle;

"passenger accommodation" means seating passenger accommodation determined in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic (Passenger Accommodation of Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Regulations, 1962 ( S.I. No. 143 of 1962 );

"public service vehicle licence" means a licence granted under article 20 of these Regulations;

"statutory transport undertaking" means Córas Iompair Eireann, Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company and County Donegal Railways Joint Committee;

"taximeter area" includes the Dublin taximeter area and the Cork taximeter area;

"vehicle" means a mechanically propelled vehicle.

(2) In these Regulations a reference to the use of a vehicle as a public hire vehicle shall be construed as a reference to the use of a small public service vehicle—

(a) by standing the vehicle for hire at an appointed stand or by using the vehicle in pursuance of a contract of hiring made at an appointed stand with the driver for the immediate hire of the driver and the vehicle for the carriage of persons for reward,

(b) by the driver offering, in a public place in a taximeter area, himself and the vehicle for immediate hire for the carriage of persons for reward,

(c) so that the driver stands or drives the vehicle in a public place in a taximeter area for the purpose of being immediately hired with the vehicle for the carriage of persons for reward,

(d) so that the vehicle and the driver are hired in a public place in a taximeter area for the carriage of persons for reward on the terms that the hiring is to commence immediately, or

(e) so that the vehicle is used in pursuance of a contract of hiring made in a public place in a taximeter area with the driver for the immediate hire of the driver and the vehicle for the carriage of persons for reward.

(3) In these Regulations a reference to the use of a vehicle as a private hire vehicle shall be construed as a reference to the use of a small public service vehicle otherwise than as a public hire vehicle.

4 Revocations.

4. The regulations and orders specified in the Second Schedule to these Regulations are hereby revoked to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

PART II. OPERATION OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

5 Use of vehicle for carriage of persons for reward.

5. A person shall not use a vehicle in a public place for the carriage of persons for reward unless—

(a) there is in force in respect of the vehicle a public service vehicle licence issued pursuant to these Regulations, or

(b) in the case of a large public service vehicle, the vehicle is owned or operated by a statutory transport undertaking.

6 Use of vehicle as public hire vehicle.

6. A person shall not use a vehicle as a public hire vehicle unless the vehicle is a licensed public hire vehicle.

7 Public hire vehicles in taximeter areas.

7. (1) Subject to sub-article (2) of this article, a person shall not use a vehicle as a public hire vehicle in a taximeter area unless there is fitted to the vehicle a taximeter complying with these Regulations.

(2) Sub-article (1) of this article shall not operate so as to prohibit in a taximeter area the carriage of persons for reward in a small public service vehicle which is not fitted with a taximeter where the contract to carry such persons is made outside the taximeter area.

8 Taximeters.

8. A taximeter fitted to a vehicle used as a public hire vehicle shall—

(a) be securely attached to the vehicle so that the taximeter cannot be detached or be caused to become inaccurate by vibration of the engine or by the motion of the vehicle,

(b) be in such a position on the vehicle as to enable a person inside the vehicle easily to see and read the taximeter,

(c) have the transmitter cable connecting the taximeter with the wheels or the driving mechanism of the vehicle so situated and so protected by an outer cover as to render damage to the cable unlikely, and

(d) be in good order, repair and condition.

9 Maximum fares in taximeter areas.

9. (1) The Dublin Corporation by resolution of the City Council may, after consultation with the Dublin County Council and the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire, fix the maximum fares for licensed public hire vehicles in the Dublin taximeter area.

(2) The Cork Corporation by resolution of the Council of the Borough may, after consultation with the Council of the County of Cork, fix the maximum fares for licensed public hire vehicles in the Cork taximeter area.

(3) Where maximum fares are fixed under this article by the Dublin Corporation or by the Cork Corporation the fares so fixed shall be published and a statement of such fares shall be made available for purchase, by the Corporation concerned.

10 Certificate as to maximum fares.

10. (1) The Dublin City Manager and Town Clerk may issue a certificate that on a specified day a specified fares was the maximum fare fixed for licensed public hire vehicles in the Dublin taximeter area.

(2) The Cork City Manager and Town Clerk may issue a certificate that on a specified day a specified fare was the maximum fare for licensed public hire vehicles in the Cork taximeter area.

11 Notice of maximum fares.

11. (1) There shall be exhibited in every licensed public hire vehicle used in a taximeter area a notice...

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