Explanatory Memorandum

Reservoirs Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

2015 CHAPTER 8

24 July 2015

Commentary on Sections

Part 6 – Civil enforcement, emergency powers and further offences

Section 84 – Fixed monetary penalties: procedure etc.

This section sets out the process that must be followed when a fixed monetary penalty was to be imposed and that would have to be provided for in regulations made under section 83. A reservoir manager would be able initially to pay a lesser amount of money to prevent a fixed monetary penalty from subsequently being issued. A fixed monetary penalty would not be able to be issued if the Department was satisfied that the reservoir manager would have a successful defence and so would not be liable to be convicted of the related offence. The regulations could include provision as to other circumstances when a fixed monetary penalty was not able to be imposed. A reservoir manager would have to be given a right of appeal to the Water Appeals Commission against the issue of the fixed penalty. The regulations would include provision as to the grounds for appeal as well as securing that the Commission may confirm or quash the Department’s decision. .

The regulations may also enable the Department to reclaim directly from the reservoir manager the amount of any unpaid fixed monetary penalty (Subsection (7)).