Equal Status Act, 2000

Regulations relating to vehicle equipment.

17.—(1) The Minister may, with the agreement of the Minister for Public Enterprise, make regulations requiring that new road or rail passenger vehicles which—

(a) are purchased or leased by an operator of a passenger road service or passenger rail service, and

(b) are to be used for the purposes of either such service,

shall be equipped so as to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with a disability.

(2) Regulations under subsection (1) shall not apply to an operator whose principal place of business is outside the State.

(3) Regulations under subsection (1) may be of general application or may be made in respect of any category of operator or vehicle and may specify—

(a) the number or proportion of an operator's vehicles, or any category thereof, to which the regulations apply,

(b) when the regulations come into effect in respect of an operator's vehicles or any category thereof, and

(c) the terms and conditions to which an operator shall be subject in order for the Minister to ascertain whether the operator is complying with the regulations.

(4) In subsection (1) “operator of a passenger road service” an operator of a passenger road service, within the meaning of section 2 of the Road Transport Act, 1932 , as amended by section 66 of the Road Transport Act, 1933 , including an operator who is, by virtue of the Transport Act, 1958 , exempt from the requirement to hold a passenger licence under the first-mentioned Act.