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Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 3 – Repairing vehicles on a road

This section makes it an offence to carry out “restricted works” to vehicles on a road. “Restricted works” means:

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

  • works for the installation, replacement or renewal of any such part or accessory.

A person will not be convicted of an offence if he proves that the works were not carried out in the course of a business or for gain or reward. However, this defence is only available where the works did not give “reasonable cause for annoyance” to persons in the vicinity. A person will also not be convicted of an offence where the repairs arose from a breakdown or accident and were carried out promptly or were otherwise authorised.

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