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X124 Falsification of documents.E+W+S

(1)The following section shall be substituted for section 171 of the 1972 Act (issue of false documents)—

171 Falsification of documents.

(1)A person shall be guilty of an offence who issues—

(a)any such document as is referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of section 170(6) of this Act;

(b)a test certificate, plating certificate, goods vehicle test certificate or certificate or certificate of conformity;

(c)a certificate of temporary exemption under regulations made under section 44(10A) or 46(5)(b) of this Act; or

(d)a notice removing a prohibition under section 57 of this Act;

if the document or certificate so issued is to his knowledge false in a material particular.

(2)A person who amends a certificate of conformity shall be guilty of an offence if the certificate as amended is to his knowledge false in a material particular.

(3)Expressions used in subsections (1)(b) and (2) above have the same meanings as they have respectively have for the purposes of Part II of this Act..

(2)In section 173(2) of that Act (seizure of documents etc. suspected of being false)—

[F1(a)in subsection (4) after the words ”of this Act” there shall be inserted the words ”or an authorised inspector appointed under section 8 of the Transport Act 1982”;]

(b)in paragraph (b), after the words “plating certificates” there shall be inserted the words “notices removing prohibitions under section 57 of this Act”.

(3)In Part I of Schedule 4 to the 1972 Act (prosecution and punishment of offences)—

(a)in column one of the entry relating to section 171, for “171” there shall be substituted “171(1)”; and

(b)after that entry there shall be inserted the following entry—

171(2)Falsely amending certificate of conformity.Summarily.£500.Section 180 applies..

(4)The following section shall be inserted after section 66 of the 1981 Act—

66A Issue of false documents.

(1)If a person issues—

(a)a certficate of initial fitness under section 6 of this Act; or

(b)a notice removing a prohibition under section 9(1) of this Act;

which he knows to be false in a material particular, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.

(2)If a constable, [F2an examiner appointed under section 66A of the Road Traffic Act 1988] or an authorised inspector has reasonable cause to believe that a document produced to him or carried on a vehicle by its driver is a document in relation to which an offence has been committed under this section, he may seize the document.

(3)The power to seize a document under subsection (2) above includes power to detach a document carried on a vehicle from the vehicle..

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X1The text of s. 24 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991.

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