Maritime Safety Act 2005

Amendment of Shannon Navigation Act 1990.

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57.The Shannon Navigation Act 1990 is amended—

( a) in section 3, by inserting after subsection (1) the following—

“(1A) ( a) If Waterways Ireland proposes to make bye-laws under subsection (1), it shall publish a notice of the proposal in one or more newspapers circulating in the vicinity of the Shannon navigation to which the proposal relates.

( b) A notice under paragraph ( a) shall contain a statement in general terms of the purposes for which the proposed bye-laws are to be made and an intimation that—

(i) a copy of the draft bye-laws is open for public inspection at a place specified in the notice, and

(ii) a person may submit to Waterways Ireland objections to the draft bye-laws at any time during the period of 21 days commencing on the day of the first publication of the notice.

( c) Waterways Ireland shall, during the period of 21 days, keep a copy of the draft bye-laws open for public inspection at the place specified in the notice.

( d) Any person who objects to the draft bye-laws may submit his or her objections to Waterways Ireland in writing at any time during the period of 21 days. Waterways Ireland shall consider the objections.

( e) On the expiration of the period of 21 days, Waterways Ireland shall, as it thinks proper, refrain from making the bye-laws or, with the consent of the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, make the bye-laws either without modification or with such modification, as it thinks proper.

( f) A copy of the bye-laws for the time being in force under subsection (1) in relation to the Shannon navigation shall be made available by Waterways Ireland for inspection by the public at the public offices of Waterways Ireland during ordinary office hours. Waterways Ireland shall make available to the public, at such fee (if any) as may be determined by it, copies of bye-laws for the time being in force relating to the Shannon navigation.”;

( b) in section 3, by substituting for subsection (5), the following:

“(5) A person who contravenes a bye-law under subsection (1) (other than paragraph ( l)) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000.

(5A) Waterways Ireland may recover as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction from any person by whom it is payable any amount due and owing under bye-laws made under subsection (1)( l).”,

and

( c) by inserting after section 3, the following:

“Fixed payment notice.

3A.—(1) Where an authorised officer of Waterways Ireland has reasonable grounds for believing that a person is committing or has committed an offence under section 3, he or she may serve the person with a notice, in the form specified by Waterways Ireland in bye-laws under section 3, stating that—

( a) the person is alleged to have committed the offence, and

( b) the person may during the period of 21 days beginning on the date of the notice make to Waterways Ireland, at the address specified in the notice, a payment of €150, accompanied by the notice, and

( c) a prosecution in respect of the alleged offence will not be instituted during the period specified in the notice and, if the payment specified in the notice is made during that period, no prosecution in respect of that alleged offence will be instituted.

(2) Where notice is given under subsection (1)—

( a) a person to whom the notice applies may, during the period specified in the notice, make to Waterways Ireland at the address specified in the notice the payment specified in the notice, accompanied by the notice,

( b) Waterways Ireland may receive the payment, issue a receipt for it and retain the money paid, and any payment received shall not be recoverable in any circumstances by the person who made it,

( c) a prosecution in respect of the alleged offence shall not be instituted in the period specified in the notice, and if the payment so specified is made during that period, no prosecution in respect of the alleged offence shall be instituted.

(3) In a prosecution for an offence under section 3 the onus of proving that a payment pursuant to a notice under this section has been made lies on the defendant.”.