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In light of the comments received during the consultation the Minister of State for Transport, the Right Honourable John Hayes, met further with the three maritime unions and industry representatives. Having now considered all views, the Minister is content that safety will not be compromised by the revocation of the three Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo Regulations.
However, the Minister felt that the arguments made at the meeting in favour of retaining the equipment lockers on UK Ro-Ro ferries were persuasive. Therefore, the Minister is not content to remove these requirements from UK law and the Merchant Shipping (Emergency Equipment Lockers) Regulations 1988 will not be revoked.
Our safety requirements are now stronger than they were in the 80’s. Our safety experts think the following 4 regulations can be removed because more modern regulation has made them out of date. The regulations are:
- Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo) regulations 1988 (S.I. 1988/1275)
- Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo) (Amendment) regulations 1989 (S.I. 1989/270)
- Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and other Cargo) (Application to non-UK Ships) regulations 1989 (S.I. 1989/568)
- Merchant Shipping (Emergency Equipment Lockers for Ro/Ro Passenger Ships) regulations 1988 (S.I. 1988/2272)