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Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001

Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 13: Registration

23.The intention of these sections is to require motor salvage operators to register with the local authority.  A person, including a body corporate, who carries on a business as a motor salvage operator will be required to register with the local authority.  Local authorities will be responsible for maintaining registers, which will contain details to be prescribed by regulation.  Such details are likely to include the name of the person and the address of the premises where the business is conducted.  Local authorities will determine the fee to be paid on application for registration.  The fee must, however, be set only at a level which recovers reasonable costs of administering the registration scheme.  Registration will lapse after three years, although it can be renewed.

24.The registration authority will have the discretion to decide whether a person is "fit and proper" to carry on business as a motor salvage operator.  If it decides that a  person is not "fit and proper", it can refuse or cancel registration.  If registration is refused or cancelled on this ground, the local authority need not consider a further application for registration from the applicant for a period of three years.

25.A person is entitled to make representations to the local authority where that local authority is minded to refuse an application for registration or the renewal of a registration, or where the local authority is minded to cancel a registration.  If the local authority proceeds with the refusal or cancellation, the person may appeal to the magistrates' court.

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