PART 13 – Third Country Bus Services
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
This Head provides a definition for the purposes of Part 13.
This Head gives a new power to the Minister to make regulations under the Road Transport Act, 1978 with new provisions related to bus operator licensing documentation issued in a third country, should this be necessary. In particular, it provides that the National Transport Authority can exempt or deem operating licences issued by another state to be international road passenger transport operator licences.
This Head is a standard provision to provide for additional definitions and to update existing definitions and terminology in the Dublin Transport Authority Act, 2008. It also provides that an additional function for the regulation of third country bus services will now be given to the National Transport Authority under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008.
This Head is a standard provision to provide for additional definitions and to update existing definitions and terminology in the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.
This Head provides for the insertion of a new Part 2A of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.
The provision at 28A is a standard provision to provide for definitions and terminology relating to the provision of third country bus passenger services.
The provision at 28B will provide for bus services travelling to/from a third country; a transitional measure that will provide for the future continuation of bus services.
The provision at 28C sets out that a third country bus service may only be provided in accordance with the proper authorising documents granted by the National Transport Authority or the competent authority in the third country.
The provision at 28D provides that the National Transport Authority may grant third country authorisations and third country journey forms in respect of a third country bus service. Those authorisations are non-transferable.
The provision at 28E provides for the National Transport Authority to receive and consider and make decisions relating to applications for the grant, renewal or alteration of a third country authorisation or the grant of a third country journey form. It also deals with a number of administrative issues such as appeals and fees.
The provision at 28F provides for the consideration and administration of notices received from the competent authority in the third country by the National Transport Authority.
The provision at 28G sets out the obligations of carriers operating a third country bus passenger service. In particular, it provides for the subcontracting of services by a carrier. It also provides for the attachment of conditions to third country authorisations and third country journey forms including issuance of transport tickets.
The provision at 28H details the obligation of a person to whom a transport ticket issues.
The provision at 28I provides for the lapse of a third country authorisation.
The provision at 28J provides for offences relating to non-compliance with the provisions set out in Part 2A.
The provision at 28K sets out the sections of Part 2 of the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 that shall apply to Part 2A. These include:
- Section 12 – Appeals
- Section 13 – Attachment of conditions to licences
- Section 14 – Amendment of licence
- Section 15 – Requirement to commence public bus passenger services
- Section 16 – Renewal of licences
- Section 19 – Revocation of licences
- Section 21 – Deciding officers
- Section 22 – Appeals
- Section 24 – Offences body corporate and proceedings for offences
- Section 26 – Notifications and notices
The provision at 28L provides for the appointment and powers of authorised officers.
The provision at 28M provides for the Minister to make an order prescribing the competent authority in the third country as well as the documents and application forms relating to the third country authorisation and third country journey form.
The provision at 28N sets out the situations in which elements of this Part may cease