Derelict Motor Vehicles (Disposal) Act
Act 18 of 1972
- Commenced on 1 January 1976
- [This is the version of this document at 30 June 2012 and includes any amendments published up to 30 June 2014.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Derelict Motor Vehicles (Disposal) Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:—"Commissioner of Police" means the person who has the command, superintendence, direction and control of the Seychelles Police Force as by law established."occupier" in relation to land means the person in actual possession or control thereof or, whoever is entitled to possession or control."owner" means in relation to a vehicle which has been registered under the Road Transport Act, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered:Provided that whenever the registered owner of a motor vehicle is absent from Seychelles the person in actual possession or control of the vehicle in Seychelles shall be deemed to be the owner thereof;"public place" includes any open space to which the public has access, any public way, wharf, foreshore, curtilage of any public buildings and any privately owned open space to which the public is granted access either generally or conditionally;"road" means any highway, road, street to which the public has access, any bridge over which a road passes, and any privately owned road or street which is not merely a driveway to an owner's garage;"vehicle" means any vehicle, motor vehicle, cart or carriage, public vehicle, commercial vehicle or private vehicle as these terms are defined in the Road Transport Act.
3. Power of Commissioner of Police to require removal of abandoned or disused vehicles
4. Removal of abandoned vehicle from private propertyUpon request made by the occupier of any land and upon payment by the occupier of the prescribed charge therefor the Commissioner of Police may arrange for the removal and disposal of any abandoned, dilapidated or disused vehicle found on the land:Provided that if the occupier of the land satisfies the Commissioner of Police that he is not the owner of the vehicle concerned and that it has been placed on his land without his consent the Commissioner of Police shall not require him to pay the prescribed charge for the removal thereof, and in such a case the provisions of section 3 of this Act shall apply as if the vehicle had been found abandoned or disused in a public place.
5. Authorised use of land for storage of abandoned or disused vehicle
7. Act not to derogate from powers under other laws in respect of obstructionNothing in this Act shall be construed as being in derogation of any powers under the Road Transport Act, or any regulation made thereunder, or any other law for the time being in force relating to roads or vehicles, to bring any proceedings against any necessary obstruction with any vehicle or for the removal of such obstruction.
8. Power of MinisterThe Minister may by order give to the Commissioner of Police directions of a general or specific nature for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act.
9. PenaltyAny person who, being the owner of a vehicle to which the provisions of section 3, 4 or 5 apply, fails to remove the vehicle in accordance with the terms of a notice served upon him or affixed to the vehicle under the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction before a Magistrate to a fine not exceeding Rs. 250; and the court recording the conviction against such person shall order him to pay to the Commissioner of Police the prescribed charge for the removal and disposal of the said vehicle and the payment of such charge, in case of default, may be enforced in like manner as the payment of a fine.
10. RegulationsThe Minister may make regulations to carry out the objects and provisions of this Act, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such regulations may—
History of this document
01 January 1976