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The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Giving of seizure notice

4.—(1) A constable, on seizing a vehicle under Article 65 of the 2008 Order, shall give a seizure notice in accordance with this regulation to the driver of the vehicle being seized unless the circumstances make it impracticable for him to do so.

(2) The authorised person shall, as soon as he is able after a relevant motor vehicle has been taken into his custody, take such steps as are reasonably practicable to give a seizure notice to the person who is or appears to be the owner of that vehicle, except where the vehicle has been released from their custody in accordance with these Regulations.

(3) A seizure notice required to be given under these Regulations shall comply with, and be given in accordance with, the following provisions of this regulation.

(4) A seizure notice shall, in respect of the vehicle to which it relates, contain the specified information and shall state—

(a)The place where the vehicle was seized;

(b)The place where it is now being kept;

(c)That the person to whom the notice is directed is required to claim the vehicle from the authorised person on or before the date specified in the notice, being a date not less than 7 working days from the day when the notice is given to him;

(d)That unless the vehicle is claimed on or before that date the authorised person intends to dispose of it;

(e)That, subject to regulation 5(3), charges are payable under these Regulations by the owner of the vehicle in respect of the removal and retention of the vehicle, and that the vehicle may be retained until such charges are paid.

(5) The seizure notice shall be given—

(a)By delivering it to the person to whom it is directed;

(b)By leaving it at his usual or last known address;

(c)By sending it in by the registered post service, addressed to him at his usual or last known address; or

(d)If the person is a body corporate, by delivering it to the secretary or clerk of the body at its registered or principal office, or sending it by the registered post service, addressed to the secretary or clerk of the body at that office.

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