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

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25.—(1) This Article applies to a vehicle or combination of vehicles the use of which on roads is authorised by Article 23 and in a case where—

(a)the overall width of a vehicle the use of which on roads is authorised by Article 19 or 21, or of the vehicle together with the width of any lateral projection or projections of its load, exceed 3.5 metres; or

(b)the overall length of the vehicle the use of which on roads is authorised by Article 19 or 21 or of the vehicle together with the length of any forward projection and of any rearward projection of its load exceeds 18.3 metres; or

(c)as respects a motor vehicle (whether or not its use is authorised by Article 19 or 21) which is drawing a trailer or trailers the use of which is so authorised, a load is carried in such a manner that its weight rests on more than one of the vehicles being—

(i)the motor vehicle and one trailer whether forming part of an articulated vehicle or not, or

(ii)any other combination of vehicles—

and in case (i) the overall length of the trailer together with the length of any forward projection of the load extending beyond the foremost point of the trailer and of any rearward projection of the load exceeds 18.3 metres and, in case (ii), the overall length of the vehicles together with the distance between the vehicles and the length of any forward and of any rearward projection of the load exceeds 18.3 metres; or

(d)a motor vehicle (whether or not its use is authorised by Article 19 or 21) is drawing a trailer or trailers the use of which is so authorised and the overall length of the combination of vehicles together with the length of any forward projection of any load extending beyond the foremost point of the drawing vehicle comprised in the combination and the length of any rearward projection of any load extending beyond the rearmost point of the rearmost vehicle comprised therein exceeds 25.9 metres; or

(e)a vehicle the use of which is authorised by Article 19 or 21 is carrying a load having a forward projection exceeding 1.83 metres in length or a rearward projection exceeding 3.5 metres in length or is fitted with any special appliance or apparatus having such a projection.

(2) As respects a vehicle to which this Article applies at least one person, in addition to the person or persons employed in driving any motor vehicle to which this Article applies, shall be employed—

(a)to warn the driver or drivers, or any other person, of any danger likely to be caused to such other person by the presence of such vehicle, and any vehicle or vehicles being drawn by such vehicle on the road; and

(b)to attend to—

(i)such vehicle and its load,

(ii)any vehicle or vehicles drawn by it, and

(iii)the load carried on any vehicle or vehicles so drawn.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)—

(a)in a case where a motor vehicle is drawing a trailer or trailers any person employed in pursuance of regulation 88 of the Construction and Use Regulations in attending that vehicle or any such trailer shall be treated as being an attendant required by that paragraph so long as he is also employed to discharge the duties mentioned in that paragraph;

(b)in a case where a motor vehicle is drawing a trailer or trailers and another motor vehicle is used for the purpose of assisting in their propulsion on the road, the person or persons employed in driving that other motor vehicle shall not be treated as a person or persons employed in attending to the first-mentioned vehicle or any vehicle or vehicles drawn thereby; and

(c)in a case where three or more motor vehicles to which that paragraph applies are travelling together in convoy, it shall be sufficient compliance with the requirements of that paragraph if only the first and the last vehicles in the convoy are attended in the manner specified in that paragraph.

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