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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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5.—(1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, if, before a relevant motor vehicle which is disposed of by an authorised person, a person—

(a)Satisfies the authorised person that he is the owner of that vehicle; and

(b)Pays to the authorised person such a charge in respect of its seizure and retention as is provided for in regulation 6, the authorised person shall permit him to remove the vehicle from his custody.

(2) In determining whether he is satisfied that a person who claims to be the owner of a relevant motor vehicle is in fact the owner, an authorised person may consider such documentary evidence as that person may supply them.

(3) A person who would otherwise be liable to pay a charge under paragraph (1) shall not be liable to pay if—

(a)The use by reference to which the motor vehicle in question was seized under Article 65 of the 2008 Order was not a use by him; and

(b)He did not know the use of the vehicle in the manner which led to its seizure, had not consented to its use in that manner and could not, by the taking of reasonable steps, have prevented its use in that manner.

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