Road Transport Act 2011


Search warrants

17.— If a judge of the District Court is satisfied by information on oath 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 hire or reward of goods or passengers 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 in the premises or place,

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, place or vehicle and exercise all or any of the powers conferred on a transport officer under section 16.


Modifications (not altering text):


Application of section extended (22.12.2020) by European Union (Interbus Agreement) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 694 of 2020), reg. 5(3)(b).

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(3)(a) ...

(b) Sections 16 and 17 of the Act of 2011 shall apply to a transport officer within the meaning of the Act of 2011 designated to be an authorised inspection officer under Regulation 4(c) as they apply to a transport officer appointed under section 16 of the Act of 2011 subject to the following and any other necessary modifications:

(i) a reference to a transport officer in sections 16 and 17 of the Act of 2011 shall be construed as a reference to an authorised inspecting officer;

(ii) a reference to a road transport operator shall be construed as a reference to a transport operator.