Finance Act, 1976

Using and keeping vehicles on which chargeable vehicle excise duty is unpaid.

71.—(1) Where vehicle excise duty is chargeable on a vehicle (whether by virtue of this Act or the Act of 1952) and is unpaid, then any person who, at any time while the duty remains unpaid, uses, parks or otherwise keeps the vehicle in a public place or causes another person to so use the vehicle or who authorises such use of the vehicle by another person shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Where a defendant charged with an offence under this section was the servant of the person by whom the vehicle was kept, it shall be a good defence to the charge for the defendant to show that he was using the vehicle in obedience to the express orders of that person.

(3) (a) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section he shall not be liable to have imposed on him in respect of the same act a penalty under section 13 (1) of the Act of 1920.

(b) Where a penalty referred to in paragraph (a) of this subsection is imposed on a person, he shall not be convicted of an offence under this section in relation to the same act.