Road Transport Act, 1978

Modification of Road Transport Act, 1956.

9.—Where a mechanically propelled vehicle is hired (except under a hire-purchase agreement within the meaning of the Hire-Purchase Acts, 1946 and 1960) and, during the period of hiring, is used for the carriage of or for drawing a vehicle containing merchandise, the hirer of the vehicle shall, notwithstanding section 2 of the Road Transport Act, 1956 , be deemed not to be carrying on a merchandise road transport business or to be carrying merchandise in the course of that business if—

(a) the carriage is not carriage for reward under section 112 of the Transport Act, 1944 , and

(b) the vehicle is hired under an agreement with the holder of a merchandise licence and the agreement contains requirements approved by the Minister.