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4.—(1) After Article 19E of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (NI 1) there shall be inserted—
19F.—(1) The Department may issue to any Great Britain licence holder who—
(a)has delivered his Great Britain licence to the Department, and
(b)has provided the Department with the information specified in, or required under, paragraph (3) (whether or not in pursuance of this Article),
a document (referred to in this Part in relation to a Great Britain licence as a “counterpart”).
(2) The counterpart must—
(a)be in such form, and
(b)contain such information,
designed for the endorsement of particulars relating to the Great Britain licence as the Department may determine.
(3) The information referred to in paragraph (1) is—
(a)the name and address (whether in Northern Ireland or Great Britain) of the Great Britain licence holder;
(b)his date of birth;
(c)the classes of vehicle which he is authorised by his Great Britain licence to drive;
(d)the period of validity of the licence;
(e)whether it was granted in exchange for a licence issued by a state other than an EEA State; and
(f)such other information as the Department may require for the purposes of the proper exercise of any of its functions under this Part or Part V.
(4) The Department—
(a)may endorse a Great Britain licence delivered to it (whether or not in pursuance of this Article) in such manner as it may determine—
(i)with any part of the information specified in, or required under, paragraph (3); or
(ii)with information providing a means of ascertaining that information or any part of it; and
(b)must return the Great Britain licence to the holder.
(5) Paragraphs (6) to (9), (11) (with the omission of sub-paragraph (a)) and (12) of Article 15B apply for the purposes of this Article as if the references to a Community licence were references to a Great Britain licence.”.
(2) After Article 92 of the Road Traffic Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 10) there shall be inserted—
92ZA.—(1) The references to a licence in the following provisions of this Order include references to a Great Britain licence—
(b)Article 28(4) and (5) and (6)(b),
(j)Article 52(2) and (3),
(2) Accordingly, the reference in Article 29(2)(b) to the suspension of a licence is to be construed in relation to a Great Britain licence holder as a reference to his ceasing to be authorised by virtue of Article 19E(1) of the Order of 1981 to drive in Northern Ireland a motor vehicle of any class.
(3) The references in Articles 28(6)(a) and 29(2) to a new licence include references to a counterpart of a Great Britain licence.
(4) In relation to a Great Britain licence holder to whom a counterpart is issued under Article 19F of the Order of 1981, the references in Part IV of this Order to a licence include references to a Great Britain licence.
(5) Where a court orders the endorsement of the counterpart of any Great Britain licence held by a person, it must send notice of the endorsement to the Department.
(6) The notice must—
(a)be sent in such manner and to such address, and
(b)contain such particulars,
as the Department may determine.
(7) Where a court orders the holder of a Great Britain licence to be disqualified, it must send the Great Britain licence and its counterpart (if any), on their being produced to the court, to the Department.
(8) The licence and its counterpart must be sent to such address as the Department may determine.
(a)a notice is sent to the Department under paragraph (5), and
(b)the particulars contained in the notice include—
(i)particulars of an offence in respect of which the holder of a Great Britain licence is disqualified by an order of a court, and
(ii)particulars of the disqualification,
the Department must send a notice containing the particulars mentioned in sub-paragraph (b)(i) and (ii) to the licensing authority in Great Britain.
92ZB. Article 92B applies in relation to Great Britain licences as it applies in relation to Community licences.”.
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