S.I. No. 134/2011 - European Communities (African Swine Fever) (Russia) Regulations 2011.
Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in
“Iris Oifigiúil” of 1st April, 2011.
I, SIMON COVENEY, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 3 of the European Communities Act 1972 (No. 27 of 1972) and for the purpose of giving effect to Commission Decision 2011/78/EU of 3 February 20111 , hereby make the following regulations:
1. These Regulations may be cited as the European Communities (African Swine Fever) (Russia) Regulations 2011.
2. (1) In these Regulations—
“authorised officer” means—
(a) an officer authorised under section 17A (inserted by section 2 of the Diseases of Animals (Amendment) Act 2001 (No. 3 of 2001)) of the Diseases of Animals Act 1966 (No. 6 of 1966),
(b) a member of the Garda Síocháná, or
(c) an officer of Customs and Excise;
“Commission Decision” means Commission Decision 2011/78/EC of 3 February 2011;
“Minister” means Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;
“pig” means an animal of the porcine species;
“livestock vehicle” means any vehicle being used or which has been used for the transport of pigs.
(2) A word or expression that is used in the Commission Decision and is also used in these Regulations has, in these Regulations, the same meaning as in the Commission Decision.
3. A person shall not bring into the State a livestock vehicle from Russia unless–
(a) it is cleansed and disinfected after the last unloading of pigs, and
(b) a certificate in the form set out in Annex II to the Commission Decision is signed by the driver or operator and presented to an authorised officer at the point of entry.
4. (1) If an authorised officer has reasonable cause to suspect that—
(a) a vehicle has been imported in contravention of these Regulations, or
(b) an offence is being or has been committed under these Regulations,
the officer may—
(i) stop any person,
(ii) board and search any vehicle,
(iii) search a person, where the authorised officer considers it necessary,
(iv) examine such vehicle or container,
(v) take such specimens from such a vehicle as the authorised officer considers appropriate,
(vi) seize and detain (for so long as is necessary) any such vehicle,
(vii) require the production of any relevant document or thing relating to such vehicle,
(viii) retain any such document or thing (for so long as is necessary),
(ix) require the owner or person in charge of or in possession of such vehicle to clean and disinfect the vehicle in such manner as the authorised officer sees fit or return it from where it came,
(xi) give such directions to or request such information regarding the vehicle as he or she considers necessary,
(2) An authorised officer shall not enter, other than with the consent of the occupier, a private dwelling, unless he or she has obtained a search warrant under Regulation 5.
(3) An authorised officer when exercising any powers under this Regulation or Regulation 5 may be accompanied by other persons and may take with him or her, or those persons may take with them, any equipment or materials to assist the officer in the exercise of those powers.
(4) An authorised officer shall not be liable in any proceedings for anything done in the purported exercise of his or her powers under this Regulation if the court is satisfied that the act was done in good faith and that there were reasonable grounds for doing it.
(5) If a member of the Garda Siochána has reasonable cause to suspect that a person has committed an offence under these Regulations, the member may without warrant arrest the person.
5. (1) If a judge of the District Court is satisfied by information on oath of an authorised officer that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting—
(a) that there is on any land or in any premises a livestock vehicle that has been, or that may have been brought into the State in contravention of these Regulations, or
(b) that there is evidence of an offence under these Regulations relating to such livestock vehicle therein or thereon,
the judge may issue a search warrant.
(2) A search warrant issued under this Regulation shall be expressed and operate to authorise a named authorised officer, accompanied by such authorised officers, members of the Garda Siochána, officers of Customs and Excise and other persons as the named officer thinks necessary, at any time within one month from the date of issue of the warrant, on production if so requested of the warrant, to enter (if necessary by force) the land, premises or vehicle named in the warrant.
(3) If a premises, land or vehicle, vessel, aircraft or container is entered pursuant to a warrant issued under this Regulation, an authorised officer so entering may exercise all or any of the powers conferred on an authorised officer under these Regulations.
6. A person shall not—
(a) obstruct or impede an authorised officer in the exercise of any of his or her powers under Regulation 4,
(b) fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement or direction made by an authorised officer under Regulation 4,
(c) in purporting to give information required by an authorised officer
(i) make a statement which he or she knows to be false in a material particular, or
(ii) fail to disclose any material particular.
7. (1) A person who contravenes Regulations 3, 4 or 6 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or to both.
(2) An offence under these Regulations may be prosecuted by the Minister.
(3) If an offence under these Regulations is committed by a body corporate and it is proved to have been so committed with the consent or connivance of or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of any person who, when the offence was committed, was a director, manager, secretary or other officer of the body corporate, or a person purporting to act in any such capacity, that person, as well as the body corporate, commits an offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished as if guilty of the first-mentioned offence.
(4) If the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, paragraph (3) applies in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with the functions of management as if the member were a director or manager of the body corporate.
GIVEN under my official Seal,
24 March 2011.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation)
These Regulations give effect to Commission Decision 2011/78/EU to require that vehicles used to transport into or within Russia be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected prior to entry or re-entry to the Union.
1 O.J. No. L 30 of 4.2.2011, p. 40