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The Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Disposal of motor vehicles

7.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the authorised person may, in such manner as he thinks fit, dispose of the vehicle at any time if—

(a)  where the registered keeper and owner of the vehicle appear to be the same person—

(i)that person fails to comply with any requirement in a seizure notice given to him under regulation 4(2); or

(ii)the authorised person was not able, having taken such steps as were reasonably practicable, to give a seizure notice to that person;

(b)  where the registered keeper and owner appear to be different—

(i)where a seizure notice was given to both of those persons under regulation 4(2), neither the registered keeper nor the owner of the vehicle comply with all requirements in that seizure notice;

(ii)where the authorised person was only able, having taken such steps as were reasonably practicable, to give a seizure notice to one of those persons under regulation 4(2), that person failed to comply with any requirement in that seizure notice; or

(iii)the authorised person was not able, having taken such steps as were reasonably practicable, to give a seizure notice to either the registered keeper or the owner.

(2)   The authorised person may not dispose of the vehicle under this regulation—

(a)during the period of 14 days starting with the date on which the vehicle was seized;

(b)if the period in sub-paragraph (a) has expired, until after the date specified in the seizure notice in accordance with regulation 4(4)(c); or

(c)if not otherwise covered by sub-paragraph (a) or (b), during the period of 7 working days starting with the date on which the vehicle is claimed under regulation 5.

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