Road Traffic Act, 1961

Ancillary disqualification orders.

27.—(1) (a) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this Act or otherwise in relation to a mechanically propelled vehicle or the driving of any such vehicle (other than an offence in relation to which section 26 of this Act applies) or of a crime or offence in the commission of which a mechanically propelled vehicle was used, the court may, without prejudice to the infliction of any other punishment authorised by law, make an order (in this Act referred to as an ancillary disqualification order) declaring the person convicted to be disqualified for holding a driving licence.

(b) A disqualification under this subsection—

(i) shall disqualify the convicted person either for holding any driving licence whatsoever or for holding a driving licence in respect of a class or classes of mechanically propelled vehicles, and

(ii) shall so disqualify him during a specified period or during a specified period and thereafter until he has produced to the appropriate licensing authority a certificate of competency or a certificate of fitness or both.

(2) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, in every case in which an appeal may be brought in respect of a conviction of an offence on conviction of which an ancillary disqualification order may be made, jurisdiction to make, confirm, annul or vary an ancillary disqualification order is hereby conferred on the appellate court unless it otherwise has that jurisdiction or the conferring of that jurisdiction is unnecessary because the appeal is by way of rehearing.

(3) Where an ancillary disqualification order is, on an appeal, made or varied, the requirements of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section shall be complied with.

(4) An ancillary disqualification order shall be subject to appeal notwithstanding that an appeal is not taken against the relevant conviction.