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Motor Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Straddle carriers

10.  The Department authorises the use on roads of straddle carriers notwithstanding that such vehicles do not comply in all respects with the requirements of regulations 7, 10, 14, 16 (except paragraph (1)), 20 and 68 of the Construction and Use Regulations, subject to the following restrictions and conditions—

(a)subject to paragraph (b), the vehicle shall not be used otherwise than for the purpose of demonstration or in the course of delivery on sale or when proceeding to or returning from a manufacturer or repairer for the purpose of repair or overhaul and, when so used, shall carry no load other than its necessary gear or equipment;

(b)any vehicle which does not comply with the said regulation 10 may, if it complies with the said regulation 7 and 20, be used whether laden or unladen in passing from one part of any private premises to any other part thereof or to other private premises in the immediate neighbourhood;

(c)the vehicle shall not travel at a speed exceeding 12 miles per hour;

(d)the overall width of the vehicle shall not exceed 2.9 metres;

(e)the vehicle shall not be used if the overall length of the vehicle or, where the vehicle is carrying a load, if the overall length of the vehicle together with the length of its load exceeds 9.2 metres except with the consent of the Chief Constable;

(f)save in so far as the Chief Constable dispenses with any of the requirements contained in this paragraph, the user of the vehicle shall, not less than two clear days before such use, apply to the Chief Constable for consent to the use of the vehicle, and shall, when making the application, furnish to him particulars of the vehicle concerned, of its overall length, of the length of any forward projection or rearward projection of any load proposed to be carried, and of the roads on which it is proposed that the vehicle will be used; and

(g)all the relevant requirements of the Construction and Use Regulations other than those specified in this Article shall be complied with.

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