Memorandum by the Department
of the Environment, Transport
and the Regions
1997 (S.I. 1997/3025)
At its meeting on 20 January the Committee
instructed that the Department be requested to submit a Memorandum
on two points.
Regulation 5(1) applies in relation
to an event occurring "after 31 January 1998", whereas
regulation 6 applies in relation to an event occurring "on
or after 31 January 1998". Explain the reason
for this difference.
The intention underlying regulation
5 is that its requirements should apply when the holder of a licence
surrenders it in February 1998 or a subsequent month. Hence,
it only applies where a licence is surrendered after 31st January.
Regulation 6, however, is aimed at licences expiring at the end
of January 1998 or later. Thus, where a vehicle licence (which
may be granted for a period of 6 months or 12 months) expires
on the last day of January 1998, the requirements of regulation
6 will apply if a new licence is not taken out to run from the
first day of February. If regulation 6 had referred to "after
31st January 1998" it would not have to be complied with
until the beginning of March.
In relation to regulation 5,
explain whether it is intended that the holder of a vehicle licence
should make the required declaration and furnish the required
particulars when he surrenders the licence. If this is not the
intention, what is the period within which he must make that declaration
and furnish those particulars?
The intention is that, where a vehicle
licence is surrendered, the holder must make the required declaration
and furnish the required particulars at the time the surrender
26th January 1998