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The Road Traffic Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Disqualification until test is passedN.I.

41.—(1) Where this paragraph applies to a person the court must order him to be disqualified until he passes the appropriate driving test.

(2) Paragraph (1) applies to a person who is disqualified under Article 35 on conviction of—

(a)manslaughter by the driver of a motor vehicle, or

(b)an offence under Article 9 of the Order of 1995 (causing death, or grievous bodily injury, by dangerous driving) or Article 10 of that Order (dangerous driving).

(3) Paragraph (1) also applies—

(a)to a person who is disqualified under Article 35 or 40 [F1for such period, in such circumstances or for such period and in such circumstances] as the Department may by order prescribe, or

(b)to such other persons convicted of such offences involving obligatory endorsement as may be so prescribed.

(4) Where a person to whom paragraph (1) does not apply is convicted of an offence involving obligatory endorsement, the court may order him to be disqualified until he passes the appropriate driving test (whether or not he has previously passed any test).

(5) In this Article—

[F2appropriate driving test” means–

(a)

in such circumstances as the Department may by order prescribe, an extended driving test, and

(b)

otherwise, a test of competence to drive which is not an extended driving test,]

“extended driving test” means a test of competence to drive prescribed by the Department by order for the purposes of this Article, and

“test of competence to drive” means a test prescribed by virtue of Article 5(3) of the Order of 1981.

(6) In determining whether to make an order under paragraph (4), the court shall have regard to the safety of road users.

(7) Where a person is disqualified until he passes the extended driving test—

(a)any earlier order under this Article shall cease to have effect, and

(b)a court shall not make a further order under this Article while he is so disqualified.

(8) Subject to paragraph (9), a disqualification by virtue of an order under this Article shall be deemed to have expired on production to the Department of evidence, in such form as may be prescribed by regulations [F3made by the Department], that the person disqualified has passed the test in question since the order was made.

(9) A disqualification shall be deemed to have expired only in relation to vehicles of such classes as may be prescribed in relation to the test passed by regulations [F4made by the Department].

(10) Where there is issued to a person a licence on the counterpart of which are endorsed particulars of a disqualification under this Article, there shall also be endorsed the particulars of any test of competence to drive that he has passed since the order of disqualification was made.

[F5(10A) Where a person's driving record is endorsed with particulars of a disqualification under this Article, it shall also be endorsed with the particulars of any test of competence to drive that he has passed since the order of disqualification was made]

(11) For the purposes of an order under this Article, a person shall be treated as having passed a test of competence to drive other than an extended driving test if he passes a corresponding test conducted—

(a)under the law of Great Britain, the Isle of Man, any of the Channel Islands, another[F6 EEA State], Gibraltar or a designated country or territoryF6. . . , or

(b)for the purposes of obtaining a British Forces licence (as defined by Article 4(10) of[F6 the Order of 1981]),

and accordingly paragraphs (8) to (10) shall apply in relation to such a test as they apply in relation to a test prescribed by virtue of Article 5(3) of that Order.

[F7(11A) For the purposes of paragraph (11), “designated country or territory” means a country or territory designated by order under Article 19D(2) of the Order of 1981 but a test conducted under the law of such a country or territory shall not be regarded as a corresponding test unless a person passing such a test would be entitled to an exchangeable licence as defined in Article 19D(1) of that Order.]

(12) This Article is subject to Article 53.

(13) An order under paragraph (3) or an order under paragraph (5) prescribing an offence for the purposes of paragraph (a)(i) of the definition of “appropriate driving test” shall be subject to affirmative resolution [F8and all other regulations under this Article shall be subject to negative resolution].

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F2Art. 41(5): definition of "appropriate driving test" substituted (15.11.2007) by Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/916 (N.I. 10)), arts. 1(3), 27(3); S.R. 2007/454, art. 2, Sch.

F6SR 1997/241

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