Road Transport Act 1986

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16A.If a judge of the District Court is satisfied on the sworn information of a transport officer that there are reasonable grounds for believing that

(a) a premises or place is used for a purpose connected with road transport, including the engagement or use by a person in the premises or place of the services of an undertaking for the carriage by road for reward of merchandise in a vehicle,

(b) a vehicle used for that purpose is at the premises or in the place,

(c) there is information or material relating to road transport required by the transport officer for examination held in any premises or place or part of any premises or place, or

(d) an offence in connection with road transport has been or is being committed therein,

the judge may issue a warrant authorising a transport officer, accompanied by other transport officers or members of the Garda Síochána, at any time or times within one month from the date of issue of the warrant, on production if so required of the warrant, to enter, if need be by reasonable force, the premises or place, and exercise all or any of the powers conferred on a transport officer under section 16 of this Act.]




Inserted (30.08.1999) by Road Transport Act 1999 (15/1999), s. 15, S.I. No. 264 of 1999.

Modifications (not altering text):


Section applied with modifications (22.12.2020) by European Union (Interbus Agreement) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 694 of 2020), reg. 5(3)(a).

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(3) (a) Sections 15(2), 16 and 16A of the Act of 1986 shall apply to a transport officer within the meaning of the Act of 1986 designated to be an authorised inspecting officer under Regulation 4(c) as they apply to a transport officer appointed under section 15 of the Act of 1986 subject to the following and any other necessary modifications:

(i) a reference to a transport officer in section 15(2), 16 and 16A of the Act of 1986 shall be construed as a reference to an authorised inspecting officer;

(ii) a reference to “road transport” or “road transport operations” in section 16 or 16A of the Act of 1986 shall be construed as a reference to international carriage of passengers within the scope of Article 1.