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The Road Traffic Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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[F1Provisions supplementary to Articles 32A to 32DN.I.

32E.(1) The Department may issue guidance to course providers, or to any category of course provider, as to the conduct of courses approved for the purposes of Article 32; and–

(a)course providers shall have regard to any guidance given to them under this paragraph, and

(b)in determining for the purposes of Article 32B whether any instructions or requirements of a course provider were reasonable, a court shall have regard to any guidance given to him under this paragraph.

(2) The Department may by regulations make provision–

(a)amending Article 32A(1)(c) by substituting for the lower number of penalty points for the time being specified there a different number of penalty points, or

(b)amending Article 32A(6)(a) by substituting for the period for the time being specified there a different period.

(3) In Articles 32A to 32C and this Article–

course provider”, in relation to a course, means the person by whom it is, or is to be, provided;

probationary period” has the meaning given in Article 2 of the Road Traffic (New Drivers) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;

proper officer” means–


in relation to a magistrates' court, the clerk of petty sessions for the petty sessions district for which the court acts, and


otherwise, the chief clerk;

relevant local court”, in relation to an order made under Article 32A in the case of an offender, means a magistrates' court acting for the petty sessions district in which the offender resides;

rules of court” means–


in relation to an application to a magistrates' court, magistrates' court rules, and


in relation to an application to the Crown Court, Crown Court rules;

supervising court”, in relation to an order under Article 32A means–


if the Crown Court made the order, the Crown Court, and


otherwise a magistrates' court acting in the same petty sessions district as the court which made the order.

(4) Orders or regulations made by the Department under Article 32A to 32D or this Article may include such incidental or supplementary provision as appears to the Department to be necessary or expedient.

(5) Orders made under Article 32A(3) and regulations made under this Article shall be subject to affirmative resolution.

(6) Regulations made under Article 32B, 32C or 32D shall be subject to negative resolution.]

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