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Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001

Sections 9, 10, 11 and 12: Supplementary Provisions and Offences

28.Section 9 gives the police powers of entry to registered premises without warrant.  For entry to unregistered premises, or entry to registered premises where entry has previously been refused, a warrant issued by a justice of the peace can be obtained to secure entry with the use of force if necessary.

29.A police constable may inspect any motor vehicles or salvaged parts kept at the premises and inspect or copy any records which the motor salvage operator is required to keep.

30.Section 10 makes it an offence knowingly or recklessly to supply materially false information in an application for registration as a salvage operator. It allows a higher penalty for such an offence where the offender has previously been refused registration or had his registration cancelled.

31.Section 11 requires the person registered or applying to be registered to notify the local authority of any changes affecting the accuracy of information provided within 28 days of the changes occurring.  Failure to do so will be an offence, although there is a due diligence defence.

32.Section 12 makes it an offence for a person to give a false name or address when selling a motor vehicle to a registered motor salvage operator.

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