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Part 2 E+WVehicles

Nuisance parking offencesE+W

3Exposing vehicles for sale on a roadE+W

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if at any time—

(a)he leaves two or more motor vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road or roads where they are exposed or advertised for sale, or

(b)he causes two or more motor vehicles to be so left.

(2)A person is not to be convicted of an offence under subsection (1) if he proves to the satisfaction of the court that he was not acting for the purposes of a business of selling motor vehicles.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(4)In this section—

  • motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (c. 3);

  • road” has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27).

4Repairing vehicles on a roadE+W

(1)A person who carries out restricted works on a motor vehicle on a road is guilty of an offence, subject as follows.

(2)For the purposes of this section “restricted works” means—

(a)works for the repair, maintenance, servicing, improvement or dismantling of a motor vehicle or of any part of or accessory to a motor vehicle;

(b)works for the installation, replacement or renewal of any such part or accessory.

(3)A person is not to be convicted of an offence under this section in relation to any works if he proves to the satisfaction of the court that the works were not carried out—

(a)in the course of, or for the purposes of, a business of carrying out restricted works; or

(b)for gain or reward.

(4)Subsection (3) does not apply where the carrying out of the works gave reasonable cause for annoyance to persons in the vicinity.

(5)A person is also not to be convicted of an offence under this section in relation to any works if he proves to the satisfaction of the court that the works carried out were works of repair which—

(a)arose from an accident or breakdown in circumstances where repairs on the spot or elsewhere on the road were necessary; and

(b)were carried out within 72 hours of the accident or breakdown or were within that period authorised to be carried out at a later time by the local authority for the area.

(6)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(7)In this section—

  • motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978;

  • road” has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984;

  • local authority” has the meaning given in section 9.

5Liability of directors etcE+W

(1)Where an offence under section 3 or 4 committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(a)any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or

(b)a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,

he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (1) applies in relation to the acts or defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body.

Prospective

Nuisance parking offences: fixed penalty noticesE+W

6Power to give fixed penalty noticesE+W

(1)Where on any occasion an authorised officer of a local authority has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence under section 3 or 4 in the area of that authority, the officer may give that person a notice offering him the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for that offence by payment of a fixed penalty to the local authority.

(2)Where a person is given a notice under this section in respect of an offence—

(a)no proceedings may be instituted for that offence before the expiration of the period of fourteen days following the date of the notice; and

(b)he may not be convicted of that offence if he pays the fixed penalty before the expiration of that period.

(3)A notice under this section must give such particulars of the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence as are necessary for giving reasonable information of the offence.

(4)A notice under this section must also state—

(a)the period during which, by virtue of subsection (2), proceedings will not be taken for the offence;

(b)the amount of the fixed penalty; and

(c)the person to whom and the address at which the fixed penalty may be paid.

(5)Without prejudice to payment by any other method, payment of the fixed penalty may be made by pre-paying and posting a letter containing the amount of the penalty (in cash or otherwise) to the person mentioned in subsection (4)(c) at the address so mentioned.

(6)Where a letter is sent in accordance with subsection (5) payment is to be regarded as having been made at the time at which that letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

(7)The form of a notice under this section is to be such as the appropriate person may by order prescribe.

(8)The fixed penalty payable to a local authority under this section is, subject to subsection (9), £100.

(9)The appropriate person may by order substitute a different amount for the amount for the time being specified in subsection (8).

(10)The local authority to which a fixed penalty is payable under this section may make provision for treating it as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by the authority.

(11)The appropriate person may by regulations restrict the extent to which, and the circumstances in which, a local authority may make provision under subsection (10).

(12)In any proceedings a certificate which—

(a)purports to be signed on behalf of the chief finance officer of the local authority, and

(b)states that payment of a fixed penalty was or was not received by a date specified in the certificate,

is evidence of the facts stated.

(13)In this section “chief finance officer”, in relation to a local authority, means the person having responsibility for the financial affairs of the authority.

7Power to require name and addressE+W

(1)If an authorised officer of a local authority proposes to give a person a notice under section 6, the officer may require the person to give him his name and address.

(2)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he fails to give his name and address when required to do so under subsection (1), or

(b)he gives a false or inaccurate name or address in response to a requirement under that subsection.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

8Use of fixed penalty receiptsE+W

(1)This section applies in relation to amounts paid to a local authority in pursuance of notices under section 6 (its “fixed penalty receipts”).

(2)A local authority may use its fixed penalty receipts only for the purposes of—

(a)its functions under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (c. 3);

(b)its functions under sections 99 to 102 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27);

(c)its functions relating to the enforcement of sections 3 and 4;

(d)such other of its functions as may be specified in regulations made by the appropriate person.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2)(d) may (in particular) have the effect that an authority may use its fixed penalty receipts for the purposes of any of its functions.

(4)A local authority must supply the appropriate person with such information relating to its use of its fixed penalty receipts as the appropriate person may require.

(5)The appropriate person may by regulations—

(a)make provision for what a local authority is to do with its fixed penalty receipts—

(i)pending their being used for the purposes of functions of the authority referred to in subsection (2);

(ii)if they are not so used before such time after their receipt as may be specified by the regulations;

(b)make provision for accounting arrangements in respect of a local authority's fixed penalty receipts.

(6)The provision that may be made under subsection (5)(a)(ii) includes (in particular) provision for the payment of sums to a person (including the appropriate person) other than the authority.

(7)Before making regulations under this section, the appropriate person must consult—

(a)the authorities to which the regulations are to apply;

(b)such other persons as the appropriate person thinks fit.

(8)The powers to make regulations conferred by this section are, for the purposes of subsection (1) of section 100 of the Local Government Act 2003 (c. 26), to be regarded as included among the powers mentioned in subsection (2) of that section.

9Fixed penalty notices: supplementaryE+W

(1)For the purposes of this section, “this group of sections” means sections 6 to 8 and this section.

(2)In this group of sections—

  • local authority” means—

    (a)

    a district council in England;

    (b)

    a county council in England for an area for which there is no district council;

    (c)

    a London borough council;

    (d)

    the Common Council of the City of London;

    (e)

    the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

    (f)

    a county or county borough council in Wales;

  • appropriate person” means—

    (a)

    in relation to England, the Secretary of State;

    (b)

    in relation to Wales, the National Assembly for Wales;

  • authorised officer”, in relation to a local authority, means an employee of the authority who is authorised in writing by the authority for the purposes of giving notices under section 6.

(3)Any order or regulations under this group of sections must be made by statutory instrument.

(4)Any such order or regulations may make different provision for different purposes (including different provision in relation to different authorities or different descriptions of authority).

(5)A statutory instrument containing an order or regulations made by the Secretary of State under this group of sections is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Abandoned vehiclesE+W

Prospective

10Offence of abandoning a vehicle: fixed penalty noticesE+W

In the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (c. 3), after section 2 (offence of unauthorised abandonment of vehicles etc) insert—

2AFixed penalty notices for offence of abandoning vehicles

(1)Where on any occasion it appears to an authorised officer of a local authority that a person has committed an offence under section 2(1)(a) above in the area of that authority, the officer may give that person a notice offering him the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a fixed penalty to the authority.

(2)Where a person is given a notice under this section in respect of an offence—

(a)no proceedings may be instituted for that offence before the expiration of the period of fourteen days following the date of the notice; and

(b)he may not be convicted of that offence if he pays the fixed penalty before the expiration of the period.

(3)A notice under this section must give such particulars of the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence as are necessary for giving reasonable information of the offence.

(4)A notice under this section must also state—

(a)the period during which, by virtue of subsection (2) above, proceedings will not be taken for the offence;

(b)the amount of the fixed penalty; and

(c)the person to whom and the address at which the fixed penalty may be paid.

(5)Without prejudice to payment by any other method, payment of the fixed penalty may be made by pre-paying and posting a letter containing the amount of the penalty (in cash or otherwise) to the person mentioned in subsection (4)(c) above at the address so mentioned.

(6)Where a letter is sent in accordance with subsection (5) above payment is to be regarded as having been made at the time at which that letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

(7)The form of a notice under this section is to be such as the appropriate person may by order prescribe.

(8)The fixed penalty payable to a local authority under this section is, subject to subsection (9) below, £200.

(9)The appropriate person may by order substitute a different amount for the amount for the time being specified in subsection (8) above.

(10)The local authority to which a fixed penalty is payable under this section may make provision for treating it as having been paid if a lesser amount is paid before the end of a period specified by the authority.

(11)The appropriate person may by regulations restrict the extent to which, and the circumstances in which, a local authority may make provision under subsection (10) above.

(12)An order or regulations under this section may make different provision for different purposes and in relation to different areas.

(13)In any proceedings a certificate which—

(a)purports to be signed on behalf of the chief finance officer of the local authority, and

(b)states that payment of a fixed penalty was or was not received by a date specified in the certificate,

is evidence of the facts stated.

(14)In this section—

  • authorised officer”, in relation to a local authority, means an employee of the authority who is authorised in writing by the authority for the purposes of giving notices under this section;

  • chief finance officer”, in relation to a local authority, means the person having responsibility for the financial affairs of the authority.

2BFixed penalty notices: power to require name and address

(1)If an authorised officer of a local authority proposes to give a person a notice under section 2A above, the officer may require the person to give him his name and address.

(2)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he fails to give his name and address when required to do so under subsection (1) above, or

(b)he gives a false or inaccurate name or address in response to a requirement under that subsection.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) above is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(4)In this section “authorised officer” has the same meaning as in section 2A above.

2CUse of fixed penalties under section 2A

(1)This section applies in relation to amounts paid to a local authority in pursuance of notices under section 2A above (its “fixed penalty receipts”).

(2)A local authority may use its fixed penalty receipts only for the purposes of—

(a)its functions under this Act;

(b)its functions under sections 99 to 102 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984;

(c)its functions relating to the enforcement of sections 3 and 4 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005; and

(d)such other of its functions as may be specified in regulations made by the appropriate person.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2)(d) above may in particular have the effect that a local authority may use its fixed penalty receipts for the purposes of any of its functions.

(4)A local authority must supply the appropriate person with such information relating to its use of its fixed penalty receipts as the appropriate person may require.

(5)The appropriate person may by regulations—

(a)make provision for what a local authority is to do with its fixed penalty receipts—

(i)pending their being used for the purposes of functions of the authority referred to in subsection (2) above;

(ii)if they are not so used before such time after their receipt as may be specified by the regulations;

(b)make provision for accounting arrangements in respect of a local authority's fixed penalty receipts.

(6)The provision that may be made under subsection (5)(a)(ii) above includes (in particular) provision for the payment of sums to a person (including the appropriate person) other than the authority.

(7)Before making regulations under this section, the appropriate person must consult—

(a)the authorities to which the regulations are to apply;

(b)such other persons as the appropriate person thinks fit.

(8)The powers to make regulations conferred by this section are, for the purposes of subsection (1) of section 100 of the Local Government Act 2003, to be regarded as included among the powers mentioned in subsection (2) of that section.

Prospective

11Notice of removalE+W

(1)Section 3 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (c. 3) (removal of abandoned vehicles) is amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (2) (requirement to give notice to occupier) insert—

(2A)Subsection (2) does not apply where the vehicle is abandoned on a road (within the meaning of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

(3)Omit subsection (5) (requirement to give notice of removal of vehicle which ought to be destroyed).

Prospective

12DisposalE+W

(1)Section 4(1) of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (disposal of abandoned vehicles) is amended as follows.

(2)For paragraphs (a) and (b) substitute—

(a)in the case of a vehicle which in the opinion of the authority is in such a condition that it ought to be destroyed, at any time after its removal;

(b)in the case of a vehicle, not falling within paragraph (a), which—

(i)does not display a licence (whether current or otherwise and whether or not the vehicle is required to display a licence), and

(ii)does not display any registration mark (whether indicating registration within or outside the United Kingdom),

at any time after its removal;.

(3)Omit the words from “but not earlier” to the end.

(4)In section 11(1) of that Act (interpretation), in the definition of “licence”, at the end insert “ (including a nil licence within the meaning of that Act) ”.

Prospective

13GuidanceE+W

In the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (c. 3), after section 4 insert—

4AGuidance

Any authority on whom functions are conferred under section 3 or 4 above must, in exercising those functions, have regard to any guidance given to the authority for the purpose by the appropriate person.

14Abandoned vehicles: supplementaryE+W

(1)The Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 is amended as follows.

(2)In section 10(5), after “except” insert—

(za)an order or regulations under section 2A above, or regulations under section 2C above, made by the National Assembly for Wales; or.

(3)In section 11(1), after “that is to say—” insert—

appropriate person” means—

(a)in relation to a local authority in England, the Secretary of State;

(b)in relation to a local authority in Wales, the National Assembly for Wales;.

Prospective

Illegally parked vehicles etcE+W

15Notice of removalE+W

(1)Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27) (removal of vehicles) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (3) (requirement to give notice of removal to occupier), after “land” insert “ other than a road ”.

(3)Omit subsection (4) (requirement to give notice of removal of vehicle which ought to be destroyed).

16DisposalE+W

(1)Section 101 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27) (ultimate disposal of removed vehicles) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (3), in paragraph (a), omit the words from “and on which” to “at the time of its removal”.

(3)In that subsection, for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)in the case of a vehicle, not falling within paragraph (a), which—

(i)does not display a licence (whether current or otherwise and whether or not the vehicle is required to display a licence), and

(ii)does not display any registration mark (whether indicating registration within or outside the United Kingdom),

at any time after its removal;.

(4)In that subsection, omit the words from “but, in a case” to the end.

(5)In subsection (8), in the definition of “licence”, at the end insert “ (including a nil licence within the meaning of that Act) ”.

17GuidanceE+W

In section 103 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (supplementary provision as to removal of vehicles), at the end insert—

(4)A local authority must in exercising any of their functions under sections 99 to 102 have regard to any guidance given to the authority for the purpose by—

(a)the Secretary of State, in the case of a local authority in England;

(b)the National Assembly for Wales, in the case of a local authority in Wales.

(5)In subsection (4) “local authority” has the meaning given by section 100(5)(a) and (b).

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