Bylaws are a form of delegated or secondary legislation.

Bylaws are a form of delegated or secondary legislation. Acts of Parliament and statutes are considered to be primary legislation.  In the case of primary legislation, Parliament in the shape of the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Monarch scrutinises and passes the legislation, provided it is supported by the majority.

Parliament does not have the time to introduce all forms of control and legislative measures and this includes bylaws. The power to make bylaws has therefore been delegated to other appropriate bodies under the control of Parliament.  These bodies include local authorities to cover local matters within their administrative area and area of responsibility.  This power has also been given to public corporations and certain companies in order to better control and regulate matters involving the public within their jurisdiction.  Such organisations include public utility and public transport companies and airport authorities.

Matters of only local concern ought to be the subject matter of bylaws.  Examples of local issues might include parking restrictions, dog fouling of footpaths or regulations to do with parks and recreation grounds.

Examples of bylaws introduced by corporations include regulations and restrictions placed on people who use their facilities and services. The London Underground has introduced a non-smoking bylaw covering the London underground network.  Airport authorities have introduced bylaws covering such activities as parking and security.

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