Road Transport Act, 1933

Applications for merchandise licences.

11.—(1) The following provisions shall have effect in relation to applications for merchandise licences, that is to say:—

(a) every application shall be in the prescribed form, and be made to the Minister in the prescribed manner;

(b) every application shall state—

(i) the area or areas in which the applicant proposes to carry on a merchandise road transport business;

(ii) the class or classes of merchandise proposed to be carried by the applicant;

(iii) the vehicle plate issuing station at which the applicant, in the event of his application being granted, desires that vehicle plates should be available for issue to him;

(iv) such other particulars as may be prescribed.

(2) When the applicant for a merchandise licence is an existing carrier, his application if made before the appointed day shall, in addition to the matters required by the immediately preceding sub-section to be stated therein, state—

(a) the merchandise road transport business in respect of which the applicant claims to be an existing carrier;

(b) the number of mechanically propelled vehicles being lorries or tractors, and so classified in such application which, at any specified date (in this Act referred to as the critical date) between the 1st day of July, 1932, and the 8th day of February, 1933, selected by the applicant, complied with the following conditions (in this Act referred to as the qualifying conditions) that is to say, were—

(i) duly licensed in Saorstát Eireann under section 13 of the Finance Act, 1920 , as amended by subsequent enactments;

(ii) in use or available for the purpose of such merchandise road transport business; and

(c) particulars (including the unladen weight) of each of such mechanically propelled vehicles.

(3) There shall be sent to the Minister with every application made in accordance with the immediately preceding sub-section the registration books relating to the mechanically propelled vehicles particulars of which are stated in such application.

(4) Every person who applies for a merchandise licence shall, when required by the Minister so to do, furnish to the Minister all such information as the Minister may require for the consideration of such application.

(5) The Minister may require any statement of fact made in an application for a merchandise licence or made to the Minister in response to a request for information under the immediately preceding sub-section of this section to be verified by the statutory declaration of some person having personal knowledge of the fact so stated.

(6) If any person fails to furnish any information or any verification which he is required by the Minister under this section to furnish, the Minister may on the ground of such failure refuse the application in relation to which such information or verification was so required.