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Taxi Regulation Act 2003
Preliminary and General
1. —This Act may be cited as the Taxi Regulation Act 2003 .
2. —(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—
“Act of 1961” means the Road Traffic Act 1961 ;
“Act of 2002” means the Road Traffic Act 2002 ;
“appointed stand” has the meaning assigned to it by section 84(1) (inserted by section 15 of the Act of 2002) of the Act of 1961;
“authorised person” has the meaning assigned to it by section 49 ;
“civil service” has the meaning assigned to it by the Civil Service Regulation Act 1956 ;
“Commission” means the Commission for Taxi Regulation;
“Commissioner” means a member of the Commission;
“Council” means the Advisory Council to the Commission;
“driver number” means the number of a driving licence granted under Part III of the Act of 1961;
“driving licence” has the meaning assigned to it by section 22 of the Act of 1961;
“establishment day” means the day appointed under section 5 to be the establishment day for the purposes of Part 2;
“Garda Commissioner” means the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána;
“grant” in relation to a licence, includes the renewal, transfer or continuance in force of the licence;
“licence” means a licence in respect of a small public service vehicle or a licence to drive a small public service vehicle granted, as the case may be, under section 34 of this Act or section 82 of the Act of 1961;
“licensing authority” means a person entitled to grant licences in respect of small public service vehicles or their drivers or both under regulations made under section 34 of this Act or under section 82 of the Act of 1961;
“local authority” means—
(a) other than in sections 17, 18 and 20, a county council, a city council or a town council (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2001 ) other than the council of a town mentioned in Part 2 of Schedule 6 of that Act, and
(b) in sections 17, 18 and 20, a county council, a city council or a town council (within the meaning of that Act);
“mechanically propelled vehicle” has the meaning assigned to it by section 3 of the Act of 1961;
“Minister” means the Minister for Transport;
“Ministerial directions” means directions under section 10 ;
“register of licences” means a register established under section 38 ;
“Regulations of 1995” means the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1995 (S.I. No. 136 of 1995);
“small public service vehicle” has the meaning assigned to it by section 3 of the Act of 1961;
“statutory body” means—
(a) a Minister of the Government,
(b) the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland,
(c) a local authority (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2001 ),
(d) the Garda Commissioner or a member of the Garda Síochána duly authorised by the Garda Commissioner,
(e) a body established by or under statute,
(f) a company in which all the shares are held by, or on behalf of, or by directors appointed by a Minister of the Government, or
(g) a company in which all the shares are held by a body referred to in paragraph (e) or a company referred to in paragraph (f);
“superannuation benefits” means pension, gratuities and other allowances payable on resignation, retirement or death;
“taxi” means a street service vehicle (within the meaning of section 3 of the Act of 1961);
“taximeter area” means an area declared to be or deemed to be a taximeter area under section 41 .
(2) In this Act—
(a) a reference to a section or Part is a reference to a section or Part of this Act, unless it is indicated that a reference to some other enactment is intended,
(b) a reference to a subsection or paragraph is a reference to a subsection or paragraph of the provision in which the reference occurs, unless it is indicated that reference to some other provision is intended, and
(c) a reference to any enactment or instrument made under statute shall be construed as a reference to that enactment or instrument as amended, adapted or extended by or under any subsequent enactment or instrument made under statute including this Act.
Laying of regulations and orders before Houses of Oireachtas.
3. —(1) Every order (other than an order under section 5 or section 33 ) or regulation made under this Act shall be laid before each of the Houses of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after it is made.
(2) Either House of the Oireachtas may, by resolution passed within 21 sitting days after the day on which an order or a regulation was laid before it in accordance with subsection (1), annul the order or regulation.
(3) The annulment of an order or regulation under this section takes effect immediately on the passing of the resolution concerned, but does not affect anything that was done under the order or regulation before the passing of the resolution.
4. —The expenses incurred by the Minister in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.