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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2018 No. 102

Justice

Procedure

The Enforcement of Fines and Other Penalties Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

Made

23rd April 2018

Coming into operation

1st June 2018

The Department of Justice makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 6(12), 15(2), 18(4) and (6), 19(2) and (3), 20(5) and (6), 21(3), 22(4) and (7), 23(1), (7) and (8) and 60 of, and paragraphs 4, 7(5) and (6) and 10 of Schedule 1 to the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016(1).

PART 1INTRODUCTORY

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Enforcement of Fines and Other Penalties Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 and shall come into operation on the 1st June 2018.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the Act” means the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016;

“the Department” means the Department of Justice;

“proper officer” means—

(a)

if the responsible court is the Crown Court, the chief clerk; or

(b)

if the responsible court is a magistrates’ court, the clerk of petty sessions.

PART 2APPLICATIONS FOR DEDUCTION FROM BENEFITS

Content of application for deduction from benefits

3.  An application for deduction from benefits made under section 6(3)(a) or in accordance with an order made under section 4(1)(a) or 9(1)(c) of the Act shall specify—

(a)the unique case reference number;

(b)the debtor’s full name;

(c)the debtor’s address;

(d)the debtor’s national insurance number;

(e)the debtor’s date of birth; and

(f)the amount to which the application relates.

Notification of payment

4.  Where the amount to which the application relates has been paid in full, the court shall notify the Department for Communities(2) and the debtor accordingly, in writing, as soon as is practicable.

PART 3ATTACHMENT OF EARNINGS ORDERS

Interpretation of this Part

5.  In this Part—

“appropriate authority” means the responsible court or the collection officer as the case may be;

“earnings” has the meaning given in regulation 6;

“net earnings” means the residue of earnings after deduction of—

(a)

income tax;

(b)

primary Class 1 contributions under Part 1 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(3);

(c)

amounts deductible by way of contributions to a superannuation scheme which provides for the payment of annuities or lump sums—

(i)

to the debtor on retirement at a specified age or on becoming incapacitated at some earlier age; or

(ii)

on the debtor’s death or otherwise, to the debtor’s personal representative, widow, widower, surviving civil partner, relatives or dependants;

“pay-day” means an occasion on which earnings are paid to the debtor or the day on which such earnings would normally fall to be paid;

“protected earnings proportion” is 60 per cent of the debtor’s net earnings during the period to which a deduction from the debtor’s earnings under the Act relates, as calculated by the employer on the applicable pay-day.

Meaning of “earnings”

6.—(1) In sections 6(12) and 18 of the Act and in this Part, subject to paragraph (2), “earnings” are any sums payable to a person by way of—

(a)wages or salary (including any fees, bonus, commission, overtime pay or other emoluments payable in addition to wages or salary or payable under a contract of service);

(b)pension (including any annuity in respect of past services, whether or not rendered to the person paying the annuity, and including periodical payments by way of compensation for the loss, abolition or relinquishment, or diminution in the emoluments, of any office or employment); or

(c)statutory sick pay.

(2) None of the following shall be treated as earnings—

(a)sums payable by any public department of a territory outside the United Kingdom;

(b)pay or allowances payable to the debtor as a member of Her Majesty’s forces other than pay or allowances payable by an employer to that person as a special member of a reserve force (within the meaning of the Reserve Forces Act 1996(4));

(c)pensions, allowances or benefits payable under any statutory provision relating to social security;

(d)pensions or allowances payable in respect of disablement or disability;

(e)guaranteed minimum pension within the meaning of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993(5);

(f)working tax credit payable under section 10 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(6);

(g)sums paid to reimburse expenses wholly and necessarily incurred in the course of the employment.

Statement of earnings

7.—(1) A direction given under section 19(2) of the Act shall require the debtor to provide, in addition to the information required under section 19(2)(a), the following information—

(a)the debtor’s national insurance number;

(b)the debtor’s payroll number, if any;

(c)details of the debtor’s current and expected net earnings;

(d)details of any other income received by the debtor;

(e)details of any savings held by the debtor;

(f)details of the debtor’s housing costs, if any, including, in particular, payments made in respect of rent or mortgage, rates, electricity and heating;

(g)details of the debtor’s expenditure on groceries;

(h)details of any loan repayments made by the debtor;

(i)the number of the debtor’s dependants, and details of any special financial needs they may have;

(j)details of any childcare costs incurred by the debtor; and

(k)details of any existing attachment of earnings order, direct earnings attachment or deduction from benefits in respect of the debtor.

(2) A direction given under section 19(3) of the Act shall require the employer to provide details of—

(a)the debtor’s current and expected net earnings; and

(b)any existing attachment of earnings order or direct earnings attachment being paid by the employer in respect of the debtor.

(3) For the purposes of section 19(2) and 19(3) of the Act, the specified period is 14 days from the date of the direction.

Content of attachment of earnings order

8.  An attachment of earnings order shall be in Form 1 as set out in Schedule 1 and shall specify—

(a)the unique case reference number;

(b)the debtor’s full name;

(c)the debtor’s address;

(d)the debtor’s national insurance number;

(e)the name and address of the employer to whom the order is directed;

(f)if known, the debtor’s payroll number;

(g)the full amount to be recovered from the debtor’s earnings;

(h)the rate at which amounts are to be deducted from the debtor’s earnings, in accordance with regulation 9;

(i)the protected earnings proportion; and

(j)how to make payments.

Rate of deductions

9.  The rate at which amounts are to be deducted from the debtor’s earnings under an attachment of earnings order, or any variation of it, is—

(a)where the earnings are payable weekly, the percentage of the debtor’s earnings specified in column 2 of Table A in Schedule 2 opposite the band in column 1 of that Table within which the net earnings payable on the pay-day fall;

(b)where the earnings are payable monthly, the percentage of the debtor’s earnings specified in column 2 of Table B in Schedule 2 opposite the band in column 1 of that Table within which the net earnings payable on the pay-day fall; or

(c)a higher weekly or monthly rate than that which would be payable under paragraph (a) or (b), as agreed between the appropriate authority and the debtor.

Service of attachment of earnings order

10.  The collection officer shall serve an attachment of earnings order on the employer and a copy on the debtor as soon as is practicable.

Applications to determine whether payments are earnings

11.—(1) An application under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to the Act to determine whether payments are earnings shall be made in writing and a copy shall be served by the applicant on the employer or the debtor as the case may be.

(2) The responsible court may—

(a)determine the application without a hearing; or

(b)direct a hearing at which the employer and the debtor may be present and be heard.

(3) Where the responsible court directs a hearing under paragraph (2), the proper officer shall notify the employer and the debtor of the time, date and place of the hearing.

(4) The proper officer shall, as soon as is practicable, notify the employer and the debtor of the court’s decision.

Compliance with attachment of earnings order

12.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, where the employer has received an attachment of earnings order from the appropriate authority, the employer shall, each pay-day, make a deduction in accordance with the order from the net earnings which the employer would otherwise pay to the debtor on that pay-day.

(2) Where any amount calculated under the order results in a fraction of a penny, that fraction is to be disregarded.

(3) Subject to paragraphs (4) to (6), where on any pay-day the employer fails to deduct an amount in accordance with the order or deducts an amount less than the amount there specified, the employer shall—

(a)contact the collection officer to give reasons; and

(b)on the next pay-day, first deduct the amount required to be deducted under the order for that pay-day, and then the amount which should have been deducted on the previous pay-day or the difference between that amount and the amount which was deducted.

(4) If deductions under paragraph (3)(b) would result in the employer paying the debtor an amount below the protected earnings proportion, then the employer shall deduct only such amount as will result in the debtor being paid an amount equal to the protected earnings proportion.

(5) Where paragraph (4) applies, the employer shall make further deductions which may not result in the debtor being paid an amount below the protected earnings proportion on the next following pay-days until the full amount which should have been deducted on the relevant pay-day has been deducted.

(6) Paragraph (3)(b) shall not apply on any pay-day where the amount paid to the debtor is below the protected earnings proportion by virtue of an agreement under regulation 9(c).

(7) Where, on any pay-day, the employer deducts more than the amount required to be deducted under the order, the employer shall, on the next pay-day—

(a)deduct only the amount required to be deducted under the order for that pay-day less the difference between the amount which was previously deducted and the amount which should have been deducted; and

(b)advise the collection officer accordingly.

(8) The employer shall continue to make deductions in accordance with the order, or any variation of it, until—

(a)the employer is notified by the appropriate authority that the order has been discharged; or

(b)as a result of deductions made under the order, the balance of the full amount to be recovered from the debtor’s earnings is nil.

(9) Amounts deducted by an employer shall be paid in accordance with the order by the 19th day of the month following the month in which the deduction is made.

(10) Such payment may be made by—

(a)direct credit transfer;

(b)debit or credit card;

(c)cheque; or

(d)cash.

(11) The employer shall keep a record of every payment made under this regulation and of the debtor in respect of whom each such payment is made.

Administrative costs of employer

13.—(1) Where, on any pay-day, an employer makes a deduction from the debtor’s earnings in accordance with an attachment of earnings order, the employer may also deduct an additional amount not exceeding £1.00 in respect of administrative costs and such deduction may reduce the amount which the employer pays to the debtor on that pay-day below the protected earnings proportion.

(2) On each occasion that an employer deducts an additional amount in accordance with paragraph (1), the employer shall, as soon as is practicable, notify the debtor in writing of the total amount of deductions made and how the total amount was calculated.

Variation of order

14.—(1) An application for the variation of an attachment of earnings order shall be made in Form 2, as set out in Schedule 1.

(2) Where the debtor applies for a variation the debtor shall serve a copy of the application on—

(a)where the responsible court made the attachment of earnings order—

(i)the proper officer; and

(ii)the collection officer; or

(b)where the collection officer made the order, the collection officer.

(3) Where the responsible court made the attachment of earnings order and the collection officer applies for a variation, the collection officer shall serve a copy of the application on—

(a)the proper officer; and

(b)the debtor.

(4) An application to the responsible court may be determined with or without a hearing.

(5) Where there is a hearing, the proper officer shall notify the debtor and the collection officer of the time, date and place of the hearing.

(6) An attachment of earnings order as varied shall be in Form 3, as set out in Schedule 1.

(7) Where the responsible court varies an attachment of earnings order, the proper officer shall, in addition to serving the order as varied on the employer, as soon as is practicable, notify the debtor and the collection officer of the court’s decision.

(8) Where the collection officer varies an attachment of earnings order, the officer shall, in addition to serving the order as varied on the employer, as soon as is practicable, notify the debtor of the officer’s decision.

Discharge of order

15.—(1) For the purpose of paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 1 to the Act, an attachment of earnings order is to be regarded as failing if—

(a)the employer cannot be found;

(b)the employer fails to comply with the order;

(c)it appears that the debtor is not in the employment of the person to whom the order is directed; or

(d)the debtor’s employment with the person to whom the order is directed ceases before the outstanding amount is paid in full.

(2) The appropriate authority may discharge an attachment of earnings order on its own motion where—

(a)the order fails; or

(b)it considers that an attachment of earnings order is no longer appropriate.

(3) An application to discharge an attachment of earnings order shall be made in Form 2, as set out in Schedule 1, and shall specify the grounds on which the application is made.

(4) Where the debtor applies for the discharge, the debtor shall serve a copy of the application on—

(a)where the responsible court made the attachment of earnings order—

(i)the proper officer; and

(ii)the collection officer; or

(b)where the collection officer made the order, the collection officer.

(5) Where the responsible court made the attachment of earnings order and the collection officer applies for its discharge, the collection officer shall serve a copy of the application on—

(a)the proper officer; and

(b)the debtor.

(6) An application to the responsible court may be determined with or without a hearing.

(7) Where there is a hearing, the proper officer shall notify the debtor and the collection officer of the time, date and place of the hearing.

(8) Notice of discharge of an attachment of earnings order shall be in Form 3, as set out in Schedule 1.

(9) Where the responsible court discharges an attachment of earnings order, the proper officer shall, in addition to serving notice of the discharge on the employer, as soon as is practicable, notify the debtor and the collection officer of the court’s decision.

(10) Where the collection officer discharges an attachment of earnings order, the officer shall, in addition to serving notice of the discharge on the employer, as soon as is practicable, notify the debtor of the officer’s decision.

(11) Where an order is discharged, regulation 12(9) nevertheless applies in respect of any deductions made but not yet paid.

PART 4BANK ACCOUNT ORDERS

Interpretation of this Part

16.  In this Part—

“referral hearing” means a hearing on a referral under section 6 of the Act;

“specified amount” means the amount specified—

(a)

in the interim bank account order, being the amount below which the deposit-taker shall not reduce the account, or if the account is already below that amount, shall not reduce it further; or

(b)

in the bank account order,

as the case may be;

“working days” means any days other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a public holiday.

Information to be provided to the collection officer

17.  Where the collection officer is considering making or has made an interim bank account order under section 6(5) of the Act, the officer may require a deposit-taker to provide any of the following information—

(a)the debtor’s current address and telephone number, if known;

(b)the number and type of any account held with the deposit-taker in the debtor’s sole name;

(c)a statement of the account for the previous 3 months;

(d)the current balance of the account; and

(e)whether the deposit-taker asserts a right to any money in the account, whether pursuant to a right of set-off or otherwise, and if so giving details and the grounds for that assertion.

Content of interim bank account order

18.  An interim bank account order shall be in Form 4, as set out in Schedule 1 and shall include—

(a)the debtor’s name and address;

(b)the name and address of the deposit-taker;

(c)the date the interim bank account order was made;

(d)details of the debtor’s account with the deposit-taker which is subject to the interim bank account order; and

(e)details of the specified amount.

Service of interim bank account order

19.—(1) An interim bank account order shall be served by the collection officer on—

(a)the deposit-taker as soon as is practicable; and

(b)the debtor, as soon as is practicable, after its implementation.

(2) At the same time as serving the order under paragraph 1(b), the collection officer shall provide the debtor with information on how the order may be discharged and hardship payments.

Obligations of deposit-taker served with interim bank account order

20.—(1) A deposit-taker served with an interim bank account order shall contact the collection officer immediately upon receipt of the order to confirm its implementation or to advise that the order cannot be implemented.

(2) Where the credit balance in the account in respect of which an interim bank account order is made is already below the specified amount, the deposit-taker shall inform the collection officer of the amount of the balance.

(3) A notice advising the deposit-taker of its obligations under this regulation, as set out in Form 5 in Schedule 1, shall be served on the deposit-taker at the same time as the interim bank account order.

(4) The deposit-taker shall complete Annex A of Form 5 and return it to the collection officer within 5 working days of service of the order.

Debtor’s request for release of the specified amount

21.—(1) A request under section 20(2) of the Act for the deposit-taker to release to the responsible court the whole of the specified amount shall be made in Form 6, as set out in Schedule 1, and shall be given by the debtor to the deposit-taker.

(2) Where such a request is made, the debtor shall inform the collection officer.

Application for a hardship payment order

22.—(1) An application for a hardship payment order under section 21 of the Act shall be made in writing and shall include—

(a)details of the amount requested to be paid under the hardship payment order;

(b)details of the person to whom the amount is to be paid;

(c)the date on or by which the amount is to be paid; and

(d)evidence of the hardship the debtor or his or her family is suffering in meeting ordinary living expenses.

(2) An application for a hardship payment order shall be served by the debtor on the collection officer.

(3) An application for a hardship payment order shall be determined by the collection officer as soon as is practicable.

(4) The collection officer, in determining an application for a hardship payment order, shall take into account the evidence provided under paragraph (1)(d).

Hardship payment order

23.—(1) A hardship payment order shall be in Form 7, as set out in Schedule 1, and shall specify—

(a)the debtor’s name and address;

(b)the deposit-taker’s name and address;

(c)the account number or reference number of the account from which payment is to be made;

(d)the amount to be paid, subject to there being sufficient funds available in the account;

(e)details of the person to whom the amount is to be paid; and

(f)the date on or by which the amount must be paid.

(2) A hardship payment order shall be served by the collection officer on the debtor and the deposit-taker.

Notice of and arrangements for referral hearing where interim bank account order made

24.—(1) Where an interim bank account order has been made, the collection officer shall notify the deposit-taker of the date, time and place of the referral hearing, and that it is entitled to attend and be heard.

(2) The referral hearing shall be listed within 28 days of implementation of the order.

Information to be provided to the court

25.  Where the responsible court is considering making a bank account order, whether an interim bank account order has been made or not, it may require a deposit-taker to provide any of the following information—

(a)whether it has any accounts held in the debtor’s sole name; and

(b)in respect of any such account—

(i)the debtor’s current address and telephone number, if known;

(ii)the number and type of the account;

(iii)a statement of the account for the previous 3 months;

(iv)the current balance in the account; and

(v)whether the deposit-taker asserts a right to any money in the account, whether pursuant to a right of set-off or otherwise, and if so giving details and the grounds for that assertion.

Content of bank account order

26.—(1) A bank account order shall be in Form 8, as set out in Schedule 1, and shall include—

(a)the name and address of the debtor;

(b)details of the debtor’s account which is subject to the bank account order;

(c)details of the interim bank account order (if applicable);

(d)notice that payment of the specified amount will discharge the bank account order and any related interim bank account order;

(e)the name and address of the deposit-taker;

(f)the amount to be paid by the deposit-taker from the debtor’s account;

(g)requirements for implementation of the order in accordance with regulation 28; and

(h)details of how the specified amount is to be paid.

Service of bank account order

27.  A bank account order shall be served, as soon as is practicable, by the proper officer on—

(a)the debtor;

(b)the deposit-taker; and, where a collection order was made,

(c)the collection officer.

Implementation of bank account order

28.—(1) A bank account order shall be implemented within 10 working days of its service on the deposit-taker.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), where the specified amount exceeds the credit balance in the account to which the order relates—

(a)the deposit-taker shall make payment in the amount of the credit balance, if any, and advise the collection officer accordingly; and

(b)the deposit-taker shall make further payments, as soon as is practicable, after further funds, if any, are deposited to the credit of the account until the specified amount is paid in full.

(3) A bank account order may not operate to require the making of a payment which would reduce the credit balance of the account to which the order relates below £5.00.

Administrative charges

29.  A deposit-taker may impose an administrative charge on the debtor of equivalent value to the costs incurred by it in complying with any interim bank account order or bank account order.

PART 5VEHICLE SEIZURE ORDERS

Interpretation of this Part

30.  In this Part—

“appropriate officer” means—

(a)

if a collection order was made, the collection officer; or

(b)

if no collection order was made, the proper officer;

“authorised person” means a person authorised by the Department of Justice under section 23(2) of the Act;

“charges due” means charges which are payable in accordance with Schedule 3 in respect of the removal, storage or disposal of the vehicle.

Matters to be taken into account by the collection officer

31.  Before making a request on a referral under section 6(6) of the Act, in addition to the matters specified in section 6(7), the collection officer must be satisfied that the debtor is the sole owner of the vehicle to which the request refers.

Content of a vehicle seizure order

32.  A vehicle seizure order shall be in Form 9, as set out in Schedule 1, and shall include—

(a)the debtor’s full name, address and date of birth;

(b)the amount of the sum due;

(c)the date on which the collection order was made;

(d)the outstanding amount for which the debtor is liable;

(e)the date on which the vehicle seizure order was made;

(f)the make, model and registration mark of the vehicle to be seized;

(g)details of how the outstanding amount may be paid;

(h)notice that the vehicle shall be seized and removed to storage if the outstanding amount is not paid in full within 28 days;

(i)the charges payable by the debtor if the vehicle is seized, as prescribed in Schedule 3;

(j)notice that the vehicle may be sold or otherwise disposed of if payment of the outstanding amount and any charges due is not made in full within 28 days of its seizure; and

(k)the contact details of the appropriate officer.

Procedure on making a vehicle seizure order

33.—(1) Where a vehicle seizure order is made, the appropriate officer shall serve a copy, as soon as is practicable, on the debtor.

(2) If payment of the outstanding amount is not made within 28 days of service of the order on the debtor, the appropriate officer shall serve a copy of the order on the Police Service of Northern Ireland who may then seize the vehicle and arrange its removal to storage by an authorised person.

Places where vehicles may be seized

34.—(1) A vehicle which is the subject of a vehicle seizure order may be seized—

(a)by a police officer or an authorised person from any place to which the public has access, including any highway or road; or

(b)by a police officer from any private premises or property other than a dwelling house.

(2) For the purpose of seizing a vehicle under paragraph (1)(b), a police officer may—

(a)enter any such premises or property on which the officer has reasonable grounds for believing the vehicle to be; and

(b)use reasonable force if necessary in the exercise of that power.

Defect in vehicle seizure order or irregularity in its execution

35.—(1) A vehicle seizure order shall not be held void by reason of any defect in the order.

(2) A person acting in the execution of a vehicle seizure order shall not be deemed to be a trespasser by reason only of any irregularity in the execution of the order.

(3) Nothing in this regulation shall prejudice the claim of any person for special damages in respect of any loss caused by a defect in the vehicle seizure order or irregularity in its execution.

Removal of vehicle to storage

36.  Where a vehicle is seized and removed to storage the appropriate officer shall serve written notice on the debtor specifying—

(a)the registration mark of the seized vehicle;

(b)the date the vehicle seizure order was made;

(c)that since the outstanding amount has not been paid in full within the time specified on the vehicle seizure order, the vehicle has been seized and removed to storage;

(d)the date, time and place of seizure;

(e)the address, telephone number and opening hours of the storage premises;

(f)how to apply for the release of a vehicle wrongly seized;

(g)details of charges payable for the removal, storage and disposal of the vehicle;

(h)how to pay the outstanding amount and charges due;

(i)that unless the outstanding amount and charges due are paid in full within 28 days from the date of seizure, the vehicle may be sold or otherwise disposed of;

(j)that if the vehicle is sold, the charges due and the outstanding amount will be deducted from the proceeds of sale before any balance is sent to the debtor; and

(k)the contact details of the appropriate officer.

Storage of vehicle

37.—(1) Premises used for the storage of seized vehicles shall be secure and such as to protect them from damage or unreasonable deterioration.

(2) A vehicle removed to storage shall remain in storage until it is—

(a)released pursuant to a court order under regulation 38;

(b)released in accordance with regulation 39; or

(c)sold or otherwise disposed of in accordance with regulation 40.

Release of vehicle wrongly seized

38.—(1) Where a vehicle is seized, removed or stored in breach of any provision of this Part, a person may apply to the responsible court for the release of the vehicle.

(2) An application under paragraph (1) shall be made, giving details in writing, within 14 days of the alleged breach (or such further time as the court may allow) and a copy shall be served on the Police Service for Northern Ireland and the appropriate officer.

(3) The proper officer shall notify—

(a)the applicant, the Police Service for Northern Ireland and, where a collection order was made, the collection officer of the date, time and place of the hearing; and

(b)the applicant that he or she may attend and may be represented at the hearing.

(4) The appropriate officer, an officer of the Police Service for Northern Ireland or the authorised person, as the case may require, shall attend the hearing for the purpose of answering the court’s questions and providing relevant information.

(5) On an application the responsible court may—

(a)order the release of the vehicle, with or without payment of any charges due; or

(b)dismiss the application and allow such further time for payment of the outstanding amount and charges due as the court may determine.

(6) Where the responsible court orders the release of the vehicle the appropriate officer shall notify the authorised person who shall release the vehicle without delay in accordance with the order, and shall issue a receipt which shall detail—

(a)the registration mark of vehicle;

(b)the amount of payment made in respect of any charges due;

(c)the date of payment; and

(d)the name of person issuing the receipt.

Release of vehicle on payment of outstanding amount and charges

39.—(1) A vehicle which has been seized and removed to storage may be released in accordance with this regulation upon payment of the outstanding amount and the charges due.

(2) Payment of the outstanding amount shall be made to the responsible court.

(3) Upon receipt of payment under paragraph (2), the appropriate officer shall advise the Police Service for Northern Ireland that the outstanding amount has been paid and, subject to the payment of any charges due, may be released.

(4) Payment of charges due may be made to the authorised person during office opening hours following payment of the outstanding amount.

(5) The authorised person shall release the vehicle without delay upon payment of the charges due, and shall issue a receipt which shall detail—

(a)the registration mark of vehicle;

(b)the amount of payment made in respect of the charges due;

(c)the date of payment; and

(d)the name of person issuing the receipt.

Sale or disposal of seized vehicle

40.—(1) A vehicle which has been seized and removed to storage shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of—

(a)before the expiry of the period of 28 days from the date of its seizure and removal to storage; or

(b)where an application for release under regulation 38 has been made, until such application has been determined and any further time allowed has expired,

whichever is later.

(2) A vehicle which is to be sold or disposed of may be sold or disposed of in such manner as the authorised person thinks fit.

Ownership of the vehicle on sale

41.  On the sale of a vehicle which is subject to a vehicle seizure order, its ownership shall vest solely in the purchaser.

Treatment of proceeds of sale of a seized vehicle

42.—(1) Where a seized vehicle has been sold, the authorised person shall first deduct from the proceeds of sale the amount of the charges due and shall then send the remaining balance to the Police Service for Northern Ireland as soon as is practicable.

(2) The Police Service for Northern Ireland shall send the balance received under paragraph (1) to the appropriate officer who shall deduct an amount sufficient to discharge the debtor’s liability in respect of the outstanding amount.

(3) The appropriate officer shall send payment of any remaining balance to the debtor, accompanied by a written statement of account, within 10 days of receipt of funds from the Police Service for Northern Ireland.

(4) If a seized vehicle is sold and the proceeds of sale are not sufficient to meet the outstanding amount and any charges due, the proceeds of sale shall first be applied towards meeting the charges due and then, if a balance remains, towards discharging the debtor’s liability in respect of the outstanding amount.

Charges

43.  The charges payable to the authorised person in connection with the removal, storage and disposal of the vehicle are those prescribed in Schedule 3.

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SCHEDULE 1

Table 1

Removal, Storage and Disposal Charges

Removal: Vehicle position and conditionTwo wheeled vehicleVehicle equal to or less than 3.5 tonnes MAMVehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 7.5 tonnesVehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 18 tonnesVehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM
Vehicle on road, upright and not substantially damaged or any two wheeled vehicle whatever its condition or position on or off the road£150£150£200£350£350
Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, on road but either not upright or substantially damaged or bothN/A£250£650

Unladen

£2000

Unladen

£3000

Laden

£3000

Laden

£4500

Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially damagedN/A£200£400

Unladen

£1000

Unladen

£1500

Laden

£1500

Laden

£2000

Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, but either not upright or substantially damaged or bothN/A£300£850

Unladen

£3000

Unladen

£4500

Laden

£4500

Laden

£6000

Storage per day£10£20£25£30£35
Disposal£50£75£100£125£150

Regulation 9

SCHEDULE 2Attachment of Earnings Deduction Rates

Table A

WHERE EARNINGS ARE PAID WEEKLY

Net EarningsDeduction Rate (percentage of net earnings)
Not exceeding £100Nil
Exceeding £100 but not exceeding £1603
Exceeding £160 but not exceeding £2205
Exceeding £220 but not exceeding £2707
Exceeding £270 but not exceeding £37511
Exceeding £375 but not exceeding £52015
Exceeding £52020

Table B

WHERE EARNINGS ARE PAID MONTHLY

Net EarningsDeduction Rate (percentage of net earnings)
Not exceeding £430Nil
Exceeding £430 but not exceeding £6903
Exceeding £690 but not exceeding £9505
Exceeding £950 but not exceeding £11607
Exceeding £1160 but not exceeding £161511
Exceeding £1615 but not exceeding £224015
Exceeding £224020

Regulation 43

SCHEDULE 3Charges in Relation to Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles

Interpretation

1.  In this Schedule “MAM” means maximum authorised mass, and, in relation to any vehicle, includes the MAM of any trailer attached to that vehicle.

Charges in relation to the removal of vehicles

2.  The amount payable for the removal of vehicles shall be the charges specified in Table 1.

Table 1

Removal Charges

Vehicle position and conditionVehicle equal to or less than 3.5 tonnes MAMVehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 7.5 tonnesVehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 18 tonnes MAMVehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM
Vehicle on road, upright and not substantially damaged or any two wheeled vehicle whatever its condition or position on or off the road£150£200£350£350
Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, on road but either not upright or substantially damaged or both£250£650

Unladen

£2000

Unladen

£3000

Laden

£3000

Laden

£4500

Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, upright and not substantially damaged or both£200£400

Unladen

£1000

Unladen

£1500

Laden

£1500

Laden

£2000

Vehicle, excluding a two wheeled vehicle, off road, but either not upright or substantially damaged or both£300£850

Unladen

£3000

Unladen

£4500

Laden

£4500

Laden

£6000

3.  For the purposes of Table 1 a vehicle is considered to be upright if all parts of the vehicle are upright.

Charges in relation to the storage of vehicles

4.  The amount payable for the storage of vehicles, for each period of 24 hours or part thereof during which a vehicle is in the custody of the authorised person, shall be the charges specified in Table 2.

5.  For the purposes of paragraph 4, each period of 24 hours shall be reckoned from noon on the first day after removal during which the place at which the vehicle is stored is open for the claiming of the vehicles before noon.

Table 2

Storage Charges

Two wheeled vehicleVehicle not including a two wheeled vehicle equal to or less than 3.5 tonnes MAMVehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 7.5 tonnesVehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 18 tonnesVehicle exceeding 18 tonnes MAM
£10£20£25£30£35

Charges in relation to the disposal of vehicles

6.  The amount payable for the disposal of vehicles shall be the charges specified in Table 3.

Table 3

Disposal Charges

Two wheeled vehicleVehicle not including a two wheeled vehicle equal to or less than 3.5 tonnes MAMVehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 7.5 tonnesVehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes MAM but equal to or less than 18 tonnesVehicle exceeding18 tonnes MAM
£50£75£100£125£150

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations make provision for the collection and enforcement of financial penalties under Part 1 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (“the Act”).

Part 2 (regulations 3 and 4) makes provision in relation to the content of applications for deductions from benefits and for the court to advise the debtor and the Department for Communities once full payment of the outstanding amount has been made.

Part 3 (regulations 5 to 15) makes provision in relation to attachment of earnings orders.

Regulation 5 defines terms used in Part 3.

Regulation 6 provides the meaning of “earnings” for the purposes of sections 6 and 18 of the Act, and for Part 3 of the Regulations.

Regulation 7 specifies the information which may be required from the debtor or his employer when a statement of earnings is directed under section 19 of the Act.

Regulations 8 to 10 make provision in relation to the content of an attachment of earnings order, the rates at which earnings are to be deducted, and service of the order.

Regulation 11 prescribes the process for making an application under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to the Act to determine whether payments are earnings.

Regulations 12 and 13 make provision in relation to compliance with attachment of earnings orders and administrative charges which the employer may impose.

Regulations 14 and 15 make provision in relation to applications to vary or discharge attachment of earnings orders.

Part 4 (regulations 16 to 30) makes provision in relation to bank account orders.

Regulation 16 defines the terms used in Part 4.

Regulation 17 makes provision as to the information the collection officer may require from a deposit-taker when he or she is considering making or has made an interim bank account order.

Regulations 18 and 19 make provision as to the content of an interim bank account order and its service.

Regulation 20 makes provision detailing what a deposit-taker must do on receipt of an interim bank account order.

Regulation 21 makes provision in relation to requests by the debtor under section 20 of the Act for payment of the amount specified in an interim bank account order.

Regulations 22 and 23 prescribe the process to be followed when making an application for a hardship payment order under section 21 of the Act and the content and service of such an order.

Regulation 24 gives details of arrangements for referral hearings where an interim bank account order has been made.

Regulation 25 specifies the information a deposit-taker may be required to provide when the court is considering making a bank account order

Regulations 26 and 27 make provision in relation to the content and service of bank account orders.

Regulations 28 and 29 make provision in relation to the implementation of a bank account order, set out the procedure where there are insufficient funds in the debtor’s bank account to satisfy the order, and provide for the deposit-taker to make an administrative charge on the debtor.

Part 5 (regulations 30 to 43) makes provision in relation to vehicle seizure orders.

Regulation 30 defines terms used in Part 5.

Regulation 31 provides that a collection officer must, in addition to the matters specified in section 6(7) of the Act, be satisfied that the debtor is the sole owner of the vehicle.

Regulations 32 and 33 detail the content of a vehicle seizure order and the procedure to be followed on the making of such an order.

Regulation 34 specifies the places where a vehicle may be seized, and provides a power of entry for police officers into private property and premises.

Regulation 35 ensures that a defect in a vehicle seizure order or its execution will not void the order or result in trespass by the officer.

Regulations 36 to 43 make provision as to the removal, storage, release, sale, disposal, ownership and treatment of the proceeds of sale of seized vehicles.

Schedule 1 prescribes the forms to be used in connection with applications made under these Regulations.

Schedule 2 sets out the rates to be used in determining the amount to be deducted from a debtor’s earnings under an attachment of earnings order.

Schedule 3 prescribes the charges that shall be levied in respect of the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles seized under a vehicle seizure order.

An Explanatory Memorandum has been produced and is available from Criminal Justice Policy and Legislation Division, Department of Justice, Massey House, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3TA, or online alongside this Statutory Rule at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr

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2016 c.5 (N.I.), section 1(7); the Department for Communities was formerly known as the Department for Social Development

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