Gas Act, 1976

Board may make certain bye-laws.

30.—(1) The Board may make bye-laws for the protection and safety of the Board's system for the transmission and distribution of gas or any part of such system, including in particular any pipeline, pressure-reducing station, off-take station or terminal.

(2) A bye-law made by the Board under this section shall be submitted to the Minister for his approval.

(3) Whenever the Board submits a bye-law for approval by the Minister, the following provisions shall have effect:

(a) the Board shall, as soon as conveniently may be after the submission, publish a notice of the submission at least once in each of two successive weeks in three newspapers (of which at least one shall be a morning daily newspaper) circulating in the area in which the system or part of the system to which it is intended the bye-law will apply is situate;

(b) the notice shall include a statement of the purposes for which the bye-law is made, an intimation that a copy of the bye-law is open for public inspection at the principal office of the Board and that any person may submit to the Minister objections to the approval of the bye-law at any time during the period of sixty days commencing on the date of the first publication of the notice;

(c) the Board shall, during the said period of sixty days, keep a copy of the bye-law open for public inspection during ordinary office hours at the principal office of the Board;

(d) any person who objects to the approval of the bye-law may submit his objections to the Minister in writing at any time during the said period of sixty days;

(e) the Minister shall, as he may think proper, refuse to approve of the bye-law or approve thereof without modifications or make such modifications therein as he may think proper and approve of the bye-law as so modified, but in case he approves of the bye-law (whether with or without modification), he shall not so approve until the expiration of the said period of sixty days and shall consider all objections to the approval of the bye-law submitted to him during that period;

(f) if approved of by the Minister, the bye-law, as so approved of, shall come into force forthwith.

(4) A document which purports to be a copy of bye-laws made under this section, and which has endorsed thereon a certificate (purporting to be signed by an officer of the Board) stating that the document is a true copy of the bye-laws and that the bye-laws were in force on a specified date, shall, without proof of the signature of such officer or that he was in fact such officer, be received as evidence in every court and in all legal proceedings of the bye-laws and of the fact that they were in force on that date.

(5) A person who contravenes a bye-law made under this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding £50.