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The Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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Power of constable to remove vehicles

48—(1) This paragraph applies to a vehicle—

(a)to which Article 47(1) applies;

(b)which appears to a constable to have broken down on a road and to have been abandoned; or

(c)which has been permitted to remain at rest on a road in such a position or in such condition or in such circumstances as to appear to a constable to have been abandoned.

(2) A constable may remove a vehicle to which paragraph (1) applies to another position on that or another road or to a place which is not on a road.

(3) A constable may remove a vehicle under paragraph (2) by towing or driving it or in such other manner as he thinks necessary and may take such measures in relation to the vehicle as he thinks necessary to enable the vehicle to be removed.

(4) Where—

(a)a constable proposes to remove a vehicle to which paragraph (1)(b) or (c) applies; and

(b)he considers that the vehicle is in such a condition that it ought to be destroyed,

he shall affix to the vehicle a notice stating that he proposes to remove the vehicle after a period of seven days for destruction.

(5) Any vehicle removed by a constable under paragraph (2) and appearing to him to have been abandoned may be delivered to a district council with its consent.

(6) While a vehicle is in the custody of a constable under this Article, not being a vehicle which in the opinion of the constable is in such a condition that it ought to be destroyed, he shall take such steps as are reasonably necessary for its safe custody.

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