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RAIL SAFETY (LOCAL OPERATIONS) ACT 2006 - SECT 54

Application for variation of accreditation is required in certain cases

S. 54(1) substituted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(1), amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72.

    (1)     This section applies if an accredited rail transport operator proposes to make a change to, or to the manner of carrying out, accredited railway operations that may reasonably be expected—

S. 54(1)(a) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(b).

        (a)     to change the nature, character and scope of the accredited railway operations ; or

S. 54(1)(b) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

        (b)     to not be within the competence and capacity for which the accredited rail transport operator is accredited.

S. 54(1A) inserted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(1), amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

    (1A)     The accredited rail transport operator must apply to the Safety Director for a variation of its accreditation.

S. 54(2) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72.

    (2)     An accredited rail transport operator must not make any change to, or to the manner of carrying out, accredited railway operations if—

S. 54(2)(a) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

        (a)     the change requires the accredited rail transport operator to apply for variation to the conditions or restrictions of the accreditation to which the accredited rail transport operator is subject; and

        (b)     the variation has not been granted.

Penalty:         In the case of a natural person, 1000 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months or both;

In the case of a body corporate, 2500 penalty units.

S. 54(3) substituted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(2).

    (3)     An application under this section must—

        (a)     be in writing; and

        (b)     describe—

S. 54(3)(b)(i) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(b).

              (i)     the nature, character and scope of the change in railway operations; or

S. 54(3)(b)(ii) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

              (ii)     how those operations are not, or may not be, within the competence and capacity for which the accredited rail transport operator is accredited; and

        (c)     contain the prescribed information (if any).

S. 54(3A) inserted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(3), amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

    (3A)     The Safety Director may require an accredited rail transport operator who has applied for a variation—

        (a)     to supply further information requested by the Safety Director;

        (b)     to verify by statutory declaration any information supplied to the Safety Director.

    (4)     The Safety Director must consider an application he or she receives under this section.

S. 54(5) substituted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(4).

    (5)     The Safety Director must grant or refuse to grant the variation within the relevant period.

    (6)     If the Safety Director refuses to grant a variation, the Safety Director must—

S. 54(6)(a) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

        (a)     notify the accredited rail transport operator

              (i)     of that refusal; and

              (ii)     that they have a right to seek review of the Safety Director's decision under Part 7; and

S. 54(6)(b) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

        (b)     give the accredited rail transport operator a statement of reasons for the refusal.

S. 54(7) substituted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(5).

    (7)     A notification under subsection (6)(a) and a statement of reasons under subsection (6)(b) must be in writing.

    (8)     The Safety Director may issue guidelines relating to the identification of changes that require applications for variation of an accreditation.

S. 54(9) inserted by No. 69/2007 s. 62(6).

    (9)     In this section—

S. 54(9) def. of relevant period amended by No. 23/2013 s. 72(a).

"relevant period", in relation to a decision to grant or refuse to grant a variation," "means—

        (a)     6 months after the application for that variation was received by the Safety Director; or

        (b)     if the Safety Director requests further information for the purposes of making that decision, 6 months, or such other period, as is agreed between the Safety Director and the accredited rail transport operator, after the Safety Director receives the last of the information requested; or

        (c)     if the Safety Director, by notice in writing given to the accredited rail transport operator before the expiry of the relevant 6 months, specifies another period, that period—

whichever is longer.

S. 54A (Heading) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 73.

S. 54A inserted by No. 69/2007 s. 63.



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