The Deregulation Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) received Royal Assent on the 26th March 2015. The 2015 Act removes, in England, the requirement for permit schemes to be approved by the Secretary of State and given effect by Statutory Instrument (SI). The 2015 Act amends the Traffic Management Act 2004 enabling authorities (local highway authorities or strategic highway companies) to make their own schemes and to vary or revoke existing schemes.
The 2015 Act provides that a scheme previously given effect by an SI made by the Secretary of State is to be treated as if it had been given effect by an Order made by the highway authority under the amended Traffic Management Act. From 30 June 2015, authorities making or varying schemes will do so by Order.
The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007 (“the 2007 Regulations”) have been amended by The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I 958 / 2015) (“the amendment Regulations”) to reflect changes made by the 2015 Act and other changes to the operation of permit schemes. The 2007 regulations as amended by the Amendment Regulations will apply to all new schemes from 30 June 2015, and to all existing schemes from 1 October 2015.
To comply with mandatory changes to the Traffic Management (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 for existing permit schemes, Sefton Council, have amended their permit scheme document, by Order, to fully comply with these regulations.