Public Transport Council Act

(Original Enactment: Act 18 of 1987)

(31st March 2012)
An Act to provide for the establishment of the Public Transport Council to provide for the licensing of bus services, bus service operators and ticket payment services, to regulate bus, taxi and rapid transit system fares and for matters connected therewith.
[29/99; 37/2005]
[14th August 1987]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Public Transport Council Act.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“bus” means any motor vehicle registered as a bus under the Road Traffic Act (Cap. 276);
“bus service” means a service that is provided to any person upon the payment of a fare using one or more buses operating on pre-determined timetables and routes;
“bus service licence” means a bus service licence granted under Part IV;
“bus service operator” means any person who operates 10 or more bus services;
“bus service operator’s licence” means a bus service operator’s licence granted under Part IVA;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Council and includes any temporary Chairman of the Council;
“clearing”, in relation to a ticket payment service, means any arrangement, process, mechanism or facility provided by a person in respect of ticket transactions, by which —
(a)information relating to the terms of those transactions are verified by such person with a view to confirming the authenticity of those transactions; or
(b)the amount payable to the parties under those transactions is calculated and verified;
“Council” means the Public Transport Council established under section 3;
“fare”, in relation to a taxi, means the rate payable for hiring the taxi, and includes any surcharge approved by the Council as being payable for such hire;
“licensee” means a person to whom any licence has been granted under this Act;
“limited liability partnership” has the same meaning given to it by section 4(1) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act (Cap. 163A);
“manager”  —
(a)in relation to a company, means the principal executive officer of the company for the time being by whatever name called and whether or not he is a director thereof; and
(b)in relation to a limited liability partnership, has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act;
“public service vehicle” has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Act;
“public transport official” means a person appointed by the Council as a public transport official under section 24A;
“rapid transit system” has the same meaning as in the Rapid Transit Systems Act (Cap. 263A);
“taxi” means any public service vehicle which is classified as a taxi under the Second Schedule to the Road Traffic Act;
“ticket” means any form of authorisation, issued for the conveyance of any passenger on a rapid transit system or on any bus operated by a bus service operator, or both;
“ticket payment service” means —
(a)a service for —
(i)the clearing of any ticket transaction; or
(ii)the sale, topping-up, replacement or refund, or the management of the use, of a mode of payment for tickets; or
(b)such other services as the Council may, by order in the Gazette, prescribe;
“ticket payment service licence” means a licence granted under Part IVB;
“ticket transaction” means any record of a fare deduction created by the use of a mode of payment for tickets.
[29/95; 29/99; 28/2001; 37/2005; 2/2007]