1.   Short title


   2.   Interpretation


   3.   Theft of motor vehicles


   4.   Presumptions


   5.   Reporting by motor dealers


   6.   Disposal, purchase or sale of motor vehicles


   7.   Tampering with motor vehicles


   8.   False identification plates, etc.


   9.   Breaking into motor vehicles


   10.   Competent verdicts


   11.   Dealing in stolen motor vehicles


   12.   Search, seizure and arrest


   13.   Bail


   14.   Drivers' licences


   15.   Orders of compensation


   16.   Forfeiture of assets derived from theft


   17.   Unclaimed motor vehicles



Act 17, 1995.

An Act to make provision in respect of the theft of motor vehicles, and for matters relating thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 15th September, 1995]


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Motor Vehicle Theft Act.


2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "motor vehicle" means any vehicle designed or adapted for propulsion or haulage on a road by means of mechanical or electrical power without the aid of rails, and includes any trailer;

   "motor dealer" means any person who deals by way of business in motor vehicles or trailers, including a manufacturer and a repairer or panel-beater of such vehicles, and in relation to a scrapyard for motor vehicles or parts thereof, or where any such vehicles or parts are found, means the owner or person in charge of such scrapyard;

   "offensive weapon" means any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by any person having it with him for such use by him, and includes, but is not limited to, a firearm, a spear, an axe, a hatchet, a club and a knife;

   "police officer" includes a special constable and a member of the Reserve Force;

   "receive" shall have the meaning assigned to that expression in section 317 of the Penal Code;

   "steal" shall have the meaning assigned to that expression in section 264 of the Penal Code.

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