(1) The Safety Director may hold an inquiry for the purpose of determining whether proper cause exists for taking disciplinary action against a relevant person.
(2) There is proper cause for taking disciplinary action against a relevant person if the relevant person—
S. 59(2)(a) amended by No. 6/2010 s. 203(1)
(Sch. 6 item 40.3) (as amended by No. 45/2010 s. 22).
(a) has contravened this Act or Division 4B of Part VII of the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (regardless of whether or not the person has been prosecuted in relation to that contravention); or
(b) has not complied with Division 4 of Part 3; or
S. 59(2)(c) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 79(2).
(c) does not have the financial capacity, or public risk insurance arrangements, to meet reasonable potential accident liabilities arising from the carrying out of railway operations; or
S. 59(2)(d) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 79(2).
(d) has not demonstrated to the Safety Director that the person is able to carry out railway operations safely; or
(e) obtained the accreditation improperly; or
(f) has not paid any fee required by the regulations.
(3) If, following an inquiry, the Safety Director is satisfied that proper cause for taking disciplinary action against the relevant person exists, the Safety Director may do one or more of the following—
(a) reprimand the relevant person;
S. 59(3)(b) amended by No. 23/2013 s. 79(3).
(b) if the relevant person is an accredited rail transport operator—
(i) warn the person that should further proper cause for taking disciplinary action be found to exist, the person may be disqualified from holding an accreditation;
(ii) impose one or more new conditions or restrictions of the accreditation;
(iii) impose an expiry date on the accreditation;
(iv) suspend the accreditation for a specified period or until a specified event or until a further determination is made by the Safety Director;
(v) cancel the accreditation immediately or with effect from a specified later date;
(c) disqualify the relevant person from holding an accreditation—
(i) until a specified event; or
(ii) until a further determination is made by the Safety Director.
(4) In this section—
S. 59(4) def. of relevant person amended by No. 23/2013 s. 79(4).
"relevant person" means an accredited rail transport operator or a person who was an accredited rail transport operator.