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The Road Traffic Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996


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General interpretation

2.—(1) The [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

“clerk of petty sessions” shall be construed in accordance with Article 2(4) of the [1981 NI 26.] Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

disqualified” means disqualified for holding or obtaining a licence;

“licence” means a licence to drive a motor vehicle granted under Part II of the Order of 1981, and “counterpart” in relation to such a licence has the same meaning as in that Part of that Order;

“offence involving obligatory endorsement” has the meaning given in Article 3;

“offence involving obligatory disqualification” and “offence involving discretionary disqualification” have the meaning given in Article 4;

“the Order of 1981” means the [1981 NI 1.] Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

“the Order of 1995” means the [1995 NI 18.] Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995;

“petty sessions district” has the same meaning as in the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

“provisional licence” means a licence granted by virtue of Article 13(2) of the Order of 1981;

“the provisions connected with the licensing of drivers” means Articles 3,4, 11, 12,24, 27 to 31, 33, 35 to 38 and 40 to 53;

“the Road Traffic Orders” means the Order of 198 I, the Order of 1995 and this Order;

“statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

(3) Except where it is otherwise provided or the context so requires, any expression for whose interpretation provision is made by Part I of the Order of 1995 is to be construed in accordance with that provision.

(4) In this Order—

(a)any reference to a licence and its counterpart shall, in relation to licences granted before 1st January 1991, be construed as a reference to a licence only, and

(b)any reference to the counterpart of a licence shall, in relation to such licences, be construed as a reference to the licence itself.

(5) Subject to any express exception, references in this Order to any Part of this Order include a reference to any Schedule to this Order so far as relating to that Part.

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