Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003
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|Long title||An Act to make provision about railways, including tramways; to make provision about transport safety; and for connected purposes.|
|Citation||2003 c 20|
|Royal assent||10 July 2003|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
Purposes of the Act
The purposes of the Act include:-
- the creation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch
- the replacement of the Rail Regulator by a Regulatory Board, the Office of Rail Regulation.
- the creation of a Police Authority for the British Transport Police (BTP)
- allowing the BTP to recruit Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) under the Police Reform Act 2002 which previously only extended to Territorial police forces
- giving the BTP "statutory authority over the railway"
- the introduction of alcohol limits on the crews of water-borne vessels and aircraft in line with those already existing for railway staff
- other miscellaneous matters affecting railway, air and road transport
Repeals and Amendments
Schedule 8 makes a number of amendments to other Acts but does not repeal any Acts entirely.