London Passenger Transport Act 1933

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1933 c. 14


London Passenger Transport Act, 1933

(23 & 24 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 14.

An Act to provide for the establishment of a Passenger Transport Board for an area to be known as the London Passenger Transport Area, which shall comprise certain portions of the London Traffic Area and of the districts adjacent thereto, and for the transfer to that Board of various transport undertakings and interests; to make other provisions with respect to traffic in the said area; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

[13th April 1933]

B E it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I Constitution and General Powers of London Passenger Transport Board.

Part I.

Passenger Transport Board.Constitution and General Powers of London

S-1 Establishment of London Passenger Transport Board.

1 Establishment of London Passenger Transport Board.

(1) For the purposes of this Act there shall, as soon as may be after the passing of this Act, be established a public authority to be called the London Passenger Transport Board (in this Act referred to as ‘the Board’), consisting of a chairman and six other members from time to time appointed by a body (in this Act referred to as ‘the Appointing Trustees’) consisting of the following persons:—

the chairman of the London County Council;

a representative of the Advisory Committee (as hereinafter in this Act defined);

the chairman of the Committee of London Clearing Bankers;

the president of the Law Society;

the president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; and

in the case of appointments to fill vacancies in the Board at any time after the first constitution of the Board, the chairman of the Board or some other member of the Board nominated by the Board for the purpose.

The appointments to be made by the Appointing Trustees shall be made after consultation with such persons as they may think fit.

(2) The chairman and other members of the Board shall be persons who have had wide experience, and have shown capacity, in transport, industrial, commercial or financial matters or in the conduct of public affairs and, in the case of two members, shall be persons who have had not less than six years experience in local government within the London Passenger Transport Area.

(3) A Member of the Commons House of Parliament shall be disqualified for being appointed or being a member of the Board.

(4) A member of the Board shall hold office for such term, not less than three years nor longer than seven years, as the Appointing Trustees may determine at the time of his appointment:

Provided that a member may resign his office by notice in writing under his hand given to the Minister of Transport (in this Act referred to as ‘the Minister’).

(5) Where any member of the Board is absent from the meetings of the Board for more than six months consecutively, except for some reason approved by the Minister, or becomes disqualified for being such a member, or becomes bankrupt or makes a composition or arrangement with his creditors, the Minister shall forthwith declare the office to be vacant, and shall notify the fact in such manner as he thinks fit, and thereupon the office shall become vacant.

(6) The Minister after consultation with the Appointing Trustees may remove any member of the Board from his office for inability or misbehaviour.

(7) A member on vacating his office at the expiration of the term thereof shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(8) Subject to the provisions of this section the provisions contained in the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution and proceedings of the Appointing Trustees.

S-2 Incorporation, proceedings and officers of Board.

2 Incorporation, proceedings and officers of Board.

(1) The Board shall be a body corporate with power to purchase and hold land for the purposes of this Act without licence in mortmain.

(2) The quorum of the Board shall be three, but subject as aforesaid the Board may regulate their own procedure.

(3) The Board may act notwithstanding a vacancy in their number so long as that number is not reduced below three.

(4) The Board shall have a common seal, and the seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signatures of the chairman of the Board, or some other member of the Board authorised by the Board to act in his stead in that behalf, and of the secretary to the Board, or some person authorised by the Board to act in his stead in that behalf.

(5) Every document purporting to be an instrument issued by the Board and to be sealed with the seal of the Board authenticated in manner provided by this section, or to be signed by the secretary to the Board or by a person authorised by the Board to act in his stead in that behalf, as the case may be, shall be received in evidence and be deemed to be such an instrument without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

(6) The Board shall appoint a secretary and such other officers and servants as the Board may determine, and, subject to the provisions of this Act, there shall be paid to the secretary, officers and servants of the Board such salaries and remuneration, and, on retirement or death, there shall be paid to them or their representatives such pensions and gratuities, as the Board may determine.

S-3 General duty of Board as to passenger transport.

3 General duty of Board as to passenger transport.

(1) It shall be the general duty of the Board so to exercise their powers under this Act as to secure the provision of an adequate and properly co-ordinated system of passenger transport for the London Passenger Transport Area (as hereinafter in this Act defined), and for that purpose, while avoiding the provision of unnecessary and wasteful competitive services, to take from time to time such steps as they consider necessary for extending and improving the facilities for passenger transport in that area in such manner as to provide most efficiently and conveniently for the needs thereof.

(2) The undertakings and parts of undertakings which are by this Act transferred to the Board, and any undertakings or parts of undertakings which under this Act are from time to time acquired, taken on lease or established by the Board, shall constitute, and be administered by them as, one undertaking.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board may in the exercise of their duty as aforesaid—

(a ) maintain, manage, carry on, extend and improve their undertaking:

(b ) by agreement acquire or take on lease the whole or any part of any other passenger transport undertaking if that undertaking or that part is being worked within or mainly within the London Passenger Transport Area:

(c ) purchase, repair or maintain rolling-stock, vehicles, appliances and apparatus for use or used in connection with their undertaking:

(d ) purchase by agreement or take on lease land, and erect thereon such buildings as may be requisite in connection with their undertaking:

(e ) do or cause to be done all other things necessary for the convenient and efficient working of their undertaking.

(4) It shall be the duty of the Board to conduct their undertaking in such manner, and to fix such fares and charges in accordance with the provisions of this Act, as to secure that their revenues shall be sufficient to defray all charges which are by this Act required to be defrayed out of the revenues of the Board.

S-4 Provisions as to members of Board.

4 Provisions as to members of Board.

(1) There shall be paid to the chairman and other members of the Board such salaries, or fees, and allowances for expenses as the Minister after consultation with the Appointing Trustees and with the consent of the Treasury may determine.

(2) A member of the Board shall within six months, or in the case of an original member twelve months, after his appointment sell any securities which he may hold for his own benefit, whether in his own name or in that of some other person, in any company which is carrying on any passenger transport undertaking in the London Passenger Transport Area, and any transport stock issued under this Act which he may so hold, and it shall not be lawful for a member of the Board to purchase for his own benefit any securities in any such company or any such transport stock.

(3) If a member of the Board becomes entitled for his own benefit to any securities in any such company as aforesaid, or to any such transport stock, he shall sell those securities or that stock within three months after the date on which he becomes entitled to have them transferred to him.

(4) It shall be the duty of a member of the Board who is in any way, whether directly or indirectly, interested in any contract made or proposed to be made by the Board to disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Board, and the disclosure shall be forthwith recorded in the Minutes of the Board, and the member who is so interested shall not take any part in any deliberation or decision of the Board with respect to that contract.

(5) A member of the Board who fails to comply with, or acts in contravention of, any of the provisions of this section shall become disqualified for being a member.

II The Undertaking of the Board.

Part II.

The Undertaking of the Board.

Transfer to the Board of existing Undertakings.

Transfer to the Board of existing Undertakings.

S-5 Transfer to Board of passenger transport undertakings.

5 Transfer to Board of passenger transport undertakings.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act,...

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