(MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
- Offences and penalty for unauthorised sale of a motor vehicle on which a loan is outstanding.
- Disclosure of certain particulars to the licensing authority.
- Issue and effect of discharge certificate.
- Short title.
BANKS (MOTOR VEHICLE LOANS)
(MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT
An Act to prohibit the sale, disposal or parting with possession of a motor vehicle on
which a bank loan is still outstanding and to require the licensing authority to
enter all particulars on the loan in the register.
[1979 No. 14.]
[4th April, 1979]
1. Offences and penalty for unauthorised sale of a motor vehicle on which a loan is
(1) As from the commencement of this Act, it shall be an offence for any person to
sell, dispose or otherwise part with the possession of a motor vehicle on which a loan
obtained from a bank is still outstanding without first obtaining the consent in writing of
the bank prior to the sale or disposal.
(2) Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N200 or six months' imprisonment or to both such fine and imprisonment.
- Disclosure of certain particulars to the licensing authority
(1) As from the commencement of this Act, any person who purchases a motor vehicle with a loan granted by a bank shall disclose to the licensing authority the particulars
of the loan, the name and address of the bank making the loan and such other particulars
as may be prescribed:
Provided that where such a person fails or refuses to disclose such particulars within thirty days from the purchase of the motor vehicle the bank mat itself supply the particulars concerned to the licensing authority which shall register the latter particulars in substitution for any other entry made in the relevant register.
(2) It shall be the duty of the licensing authority to which the particulars stipulated in
subsection (1) of this section are given to cause the particulars or, as the case may require, the substituted particulars to be entered in the appropriate register relating to the motor vehicle and to endorse on the motor vehicle licence the name of the bank making the loan or such endorsement on the motor vehicle licence that clearly shows that a loan is still outstanding on the motor vehicle.
(3) No change of ownership of the motor vehicle shall, prior to the full repayment or
settlement of the loan, be registered by the licensing authority without a certificate of
discharge or consent in writing issued by the bank offering the loan to purchase the motor
(4) Any registration made contrary to the provisions of this section shall be void and
shall have no effect whatsoever on the right of ownership or the right to recover possession of the motor vehicle by the bank which had granted the loan for the purchase of such
- Issue and effect of discharge certificate
(1) Immediately after full settlement or repayment of a loan (including any interest
thereon) is made by the borrower to the bank, the bank shall issue a discharge certificate
to the person who obtained the loan and shall send a copy of the discharge certificate to
the licensing authority.
(2) On the receipt of the discharge certificate, the licensing authority shall make an
entry in that behalf in the register relating to the motor vehicle and thereafter the owner of
the motor vehicle shall be free to dispose of the motor vehicle without having to comply
with the requirements laid down in the foregoing provisions of this Act.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"bank" has the meaning assigned thereto by section 66 of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act;
"motor vehicle" means a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adopted for use
"prescribed" means prescribed by the Minister charged with responsibility for finance.
5. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Banks (Motor Vehicle Loans) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.
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