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The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002

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Purposes for which a motor trader may use a vehicle by virtue of a trade licence

10.  The purposes for which the holder of a trade licence who is a motor trader may use a vehicle (other than a vehicle to which paragraph 14 applies) on a public road by virtue of that licence are purposes which meet each of the following requirements—

(a)they are business purposes;

(b)they are paragraph 12 purposes; and

(c)they are purposes that do not include the conveyance of goods or burden of any description except specified loads.

Business purposes

11.  A vehicle is used for “business purposes” if it is used for purposes connected with the motor trader’s business—

(a)as a manufacturer or repairer of or dealer in vehicles,

(b)as a manufacturer or repairer of or dealer in trailers carried on in conjunction with his business as a motor trader,

(c)of modifying vehicles (whether by the fitting of accessories or otherwise); or

(d)of valeting vehicles.

Paragraph 12 purposes

12.  A vehicle is used for “paragraph 12 purposes” if it is used for any of the following purposes—

(a)for its test or trial or the test or trial of its accessories or equipment, in either case in the ordinary course of construction, modification or repair or after completion;

(b)for proceeding to or from a public weighbridge for ascertaining its weight or to or from any place for its registration or inspection by a person acting on behalf of the Secretary of State;

(c)for its test or trial for the benefit of a prospective purchaser, for proceeding at the instance of a prospective purchaser to any place for the purpose of such test or trial, or for returning after such test or trial;

(d)for its test or trial for the benefit of a person interested in promoting publicity in regard to it, for proceeding at the instance of such a person to any place for the purpose of such test or trial, or for returning after such test or trial;

(e)for delivering it to the place where the purchaser intends to keep it;

(f)for demonstrating its operation or the operation of its accessories or equipment when it is being handed over to the purchaser;

(g)for delivering it from one part of the licence holder’s premises to another part of his premises, or for delivering it from his premises to premises of, or between parts of premises of, another manufacturer or repairer of or dealer in vehicles or removing it from the premises of another manufacturer or repairer of or dealer in vehicles direct to his own premises;

(h)for proceeding to or returning from a workshop in which a body or a special type of equipment or accessory is to be or has been fitted to it or in which it is to be or has been painted, valeted or repaired;

(i)for proceeding from the premises of a manufacturer or repairer of or dealer in vehicles to a place from which it is to be transported by train, ship or aircraft or for proceeding to the premises of such a manufacturer, repairer or dealer from a place to which it has been so transported;

(j)for proceeding to or returning from any garage, auction room or other place at which vehicles are usually stored or usually or periodically offered for sale and at which it is to be or has been stored or is to be or has been offered for sale as the case may be;

(k)for proceeding to or returning from a place where it is to be or has been inspected or tested; or

(l)for proceeding to a place where it is to be broken up or otherwise dismantled.

Specified loads

13.—(1) A specified load is one of the following kinds of load—

(a)a test load;

(b)in the case of a vehicle which is being delivered or collected and is being used for a purpose falling within paragraph 12(f) to (k), a load which consists of another vehicle used or to be used for travel from or to the place of delivery or collection;

(c)a load which is built in as part of the vehicle or permanently attached to it;

(d)in the case of a vehicle which is being used for a purpose falling within paragraph 12(h), (i) or (j), a load which consists of a trailer or of parts, accessories or equipment designed to be fitted to the vehicle and of tools for fitting them.

(2) In paragraph (1) a “test load” means a load which—

(a)is carried by a vehicle being used for a purpose falling within paragraph 12(b), (d), (e) or (g);

(b)is carried solely for the purpose of testing or demonstrating the vehicle or any of its accessories or equipment; and

(c)is returned to the place of loading without its having been removed from the vehicle except—

(i)for the purpose of testing or demonstrating the vehicle or any of its accessories or equipment,

(ii)in the case of accident, or

(iii)where the load consists of water, fertiliser or refuse.

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