Road Traffic Act 1988

[F1109ACounterparts issued to Northern Ireland licence holdersE+W+S

(1)The Secretary of State may issue to any Northern Ireland licence holder who—

(a)has delivered his Northern Ireland licence to the Secretary of State, and

(b)has provided him with the information specified in, or required under, subsection (3) below (whether or not in pursuance of this section),

a document (referred to in this Part of this Act in relation to a Northern Ireland licence as a “counterpart”).

(2)The counterpart must—

(a)be in such form, and

(b)contain such information,

designed for the endorsement of particulars relating to the Northern Ireland licence as the Secretary of State may determine.

(3)The information referred to in subsection (1) above is—

(a)the name and address (whether in Great Britain or Northern Ireland) of the Northern Ireland licence holder;

(b)his date of birth;

(c)the classes of vehicle which he is authorised by his Northern Ireland licence to drive;

(d)the period of validity of the licence;

(e)whether it was granted in exchange for a licence issued by a state other than an EEA State; and

(f)such other information as the Secretary of State may require for the purposes of the proper exercise of any of his functions under this Part or Part 4 of this Act.

(4)The Secretary of State—

(a)may endorse a Northern Ireland licence delivered to him (whether or not in pursuance of this section) in such manner as he may determine—

(i)with any part of the information specified in, or required under, subsection (3) above; or

(ii)with information providing a means of ascertaining that information or any part of it; and

(b)must return the Northern Ireland licence to the holder.

(5)Subsections (6) to (9), (11) (with the omission of paragraph (a)) and (12) of section 99B of this Act apply for the purposes of this section as if the references to a Community licence were references to a Northern Ireland licence.]

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