REQUISITIONING AND ACQUISITION OF LORRIES LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Requisitioning of lorries required for temporary use for public purposes.

3. Period of temporary use of lorries not to exceed sixty days in a year.

4. Acquisition of lorries for public purposes.

5. Acquisition of lorries other than lorries requisitioned under this Law.

6. Acquisition of spare parts for any lorry requisitioned for or vested in the Government.

7. Taking possession of lorries vested in the Government.

8. Prevention of or obstruction to taking possession of lorries.

9. Claim to the compensation payable in respect of lorries requisitioned under this Law.

10. Notice to persons entitled to make claims to the compensation payable in respect of lorries vested in the Government under this Law.

11. Determination of compensation in respect of claims.

12. Appeal from a determination of compensation under section 11.

13. Payment of compensation.

14. Manner in which notice or direction may be served on persons.

15. Offences by bodies of persons.

16. Regulations.

17. Interpretation.

45 of 1973.

A LAW to provide for the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Lorries for public purposes and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 3rd December, 1973]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Lorries Law.

2. Requisitioning of lorries required for temporary use for public purposes.

(1) Where the competent authority is satisfied that any lorry is required for temporary use for a public purpose by the Government, he may by notice (hereinafter referred to as a "requisitioning notice”), served on the registered owner or person in whose possession or custody such lorry is, requisition such lorry for temporary use of the Government.

(2) Service of the requisitioning notice under
subsection (1) shall be conclusive proof that such lorry is required for a public purpose by the Government and shall not be questioned in any court of law.

(3) Where a requisitioning notice has been served under subsection (1) on any person, it shall be lawful for any officer authorised by the competent authority (hereinafter referred to as an "authorised officer”) to take possession of the lorry to which the notice relates on behalf of the competent authority.

(4) The authorised officer may give to the registered owner or person in whose possession or custody such lorry is, such written directions as appear to him to be necessary or expedient in connection with the taking possession of such lorry, and such registered owner or person shall comply with all such written directions.

(5) Any police officer, if requested by an authorised officer to do so, shall take such steps and use such force as may be necessary for securing compliance with any direction given under subsection (4).

3. Period of temporary use of lorries not to exceed sixty days in a year.

The period during which any lorry is requisitioned under this Law for temporary use for a public purpose by the Government shall not exceed sixty days in each calendar year.

4. Acquisition of lorries for public purposes.

Where the competent authority is satisfied that any lorry requisitioned under section 2 is permanently required by the Government for any public purpose, he may by Order (hereinafter in this Law referred to as a "vesting Order”) published in the Gazette vest such vehicle in the appropriate authority for and on behalf of the Government.

5. Acquisition of lorries other than lorries requisitioned under this Law.

(1) Where the competent authority is satisfied that any lorry other than a lorry requisitioned under this Law is permanently required by the Government for a public purpose, he may by notice (hereinafter in this Law referred to as a "notice of claim”) published in the Gazette declare that such lorry is required by the Government for a public purpose. Such lorry is hereinafter in this Law referred to as a "notified lorry”.

(2) The publication of a notice of claim made under subsection (1) shall be conclusive proof that such notified lorry is required for a public purpose by the Government and shall not be questioned in any court of law.

(3) Where a notice of claim is published under
subsection (1), any officer authorised by the competent authority (hereinafter referred to as the "authorised officer”) may, from time to time, by notice (hereinafter in this Law referred to as a "notice of disclaimer”) published in the Gazette, disclaim the need for a public purpose by the Government of the lorry referred to in the notice of claim and specified in the notice of disclaimer.

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