ACT AND ORDINANCES
THE ASSAM REQUISITION AND CONTROL OF VEHICLES ACT,
(Published in the Assam Gazette, Extraordinary, dated the 26th April,
An Act to provide for requisition and control of Vehicles
Whereas it is expedient to provide for the requisition and control
It is hereby enacted in the Nineteenth Year of the Republic of India
as follows: —
Short title extent and commencement
1. (1) This Act may be called the Assam Requisition and Control of
Vehicles Act, 1968.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Assam
(3) It shall come into force with immediate effect.
2. In this Act unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or
(a) “Court” means a principal Civil Court of original jurisdiction
and includes the Court of Assistant District Judge or Munsiff whom the
State Government may appoint, by name or by virtue of his office, to
perform, concurrently with any such principal Civil Court, all or any
of the functions of the Court under this Act within any specified local
limits and, in the case of Munsiff, upto the limits of the pecuniary
jurisdiction with which he is vested under section 19 of the Bengal,
Agra and Assam Civil Court Act, 1887; (Act II of 1887)
(b) “Owner” includes where the person in possession of
the vehicle is a minor, the guardian of such a minor, and in relation
to a vehicle, which is the subject of a hire-purchase agreement the
person in possession of the vehicle under that agreement;
(c) “Prescribed” means prescribed by the rules made under
(d) “State Government” means the Government of Assam;
(e) “Vehicle” means any vehicle used or capable of being
used for the purpose of transport of persons or goods upon roads or
inland waterways, whether propelled by mechanical power or not.
Power to requisition vehicles
3. (1) If in the opinion of the State Government it is necessary or
expedient so to do for purpose essential to the life of the community
of for maintaining public order or for facility of public transport,
it may pass an order in writing requisitioning any vehicle and may make
such orders as may appear to it to be necessary or expedient in connection
with such requisition.
(2) The State Government may requisition any vehicle by serving on
the owner thereof, of where the owner is not readily traceable or the
ownership is in dispute, by publication in the official Gazette, an
order under sub-section (1).
(3) If the owner of the vehicle does not, after service of the order
in the manner provided in sub-section (2), place the vehicle in the
possession of the officer or authority mentioned therein, such officer
or authority may seize the vehicle from any person who may for the time
being be in possession thereof.
(4) Where the State Government has requisitioned any vehicle it may
use or deal with in such manner as may appear to it to be expedient.
Payment of compensation
4. (1) Whenever in pursuance of section 3, the State Government requisition
any vehicle, there shall be paid to the owner such compensation as may
be determined by the State Government.
(2) While determining the compensation under sub-section (1), the State
Government shall take into consideration —
(a) The model, make, type, class and condition of the vehicle;
(b) The loss of earning, if any, sustained by the owner by reason of
and fix the compensation at such rate as the State Government may deem
(3) The compensation fixed under sub-section (2) shall be paid by the
officer or authority requisitioning the vehicle; such officer or authority
shall not be bound to pay any dues outstanding on mortgages and other
encumbrances of the requisitioned vehicle.
Release from requisition
5. (1) The officer or authority requisitioning a vehicle may at any
time release the vehicle from requisition and when it is decided so
to do, a notice in writing shall be served on the owner to take delivery
of the vehicle on or within such date and from such place and such person
as may be specified therein.
(2) With effect from such date no further liability for compensation
or payment of any other kind shall lie with the officer or authority
requisitioning the vehicle;
Provided that such officer or authority may make such further payment
on account of compensation for any material damage done to the vehicle
during the period of requisition, as assessed in the manner mentioned
in sub-section (2) of section 4 of this Act.
(3) The delivery of possession of the vehicle to the owner or his accredited
agent shall be a full discharge of any liability of the State Government
to deliver possession to such person as may have rightful claim to possession
thereof but shall not prejudice any right in respect of such vehicle
which any other person may be entitled by due process of law to enforce
against the person to whom possession of the vehicle is so delivered.
(4) If the owner fails to take delivery of the vehicle on or within
the specified date the officer or authority who passed the order to
release the vehicle may dispose of the same thereafter:
Provided that such officer or authority shall be competent to allow
to the owner such extension of time as he/it may deem proper without
any liability for any compensation or other payment for the period of
(5) The disposal of a vehicle under sub-section (4) shall be by public
auction and at the risk of the owner and the sale proceeds shall be
made over to the owner after deducting any expenditure incurred by the
officer or authority releasing the vehicle due to the owner not taking
delivery of it on or within the specified date.
Reference to Court
6. If the owner of the vehicle is aggrieved by the amount of compensation
so determined, he may make an application to the State Government for
referring the matter to the Court.
Power to obtain information
7. The State Government may, with a view to requisitioning any vehicle
under section 3 or determining the compensation payable under section
4, by order —
(a) Require any person to furnish to such officer or authority as may
be specified in the order such Information in his possession relating
to the vehicle as may be specified;
(b) Direct that the owner or the person in possession of the vehicle
shall not without the permission of the State Government dispose of
it or remove it till be expiry of such period as may be specified in
the order from the premises of the place in which it is kept.
Power to inspect
8. Without prejudice to any power otherwise conferred by this Act any
person authorised in this behalf by the State Government may enter any
place or premises and inspect any vehicle for the purpose of determining
whether and if so, in what manner an order under this Act should be
made in relation to such vehicle or with a view to securing compliance
with any order made under this Act.
Restriction or removal of accessories
9. No owner of any vehicle or any person in possession of it shall
after service of order under section 3 remove or allow to be removed
any part, tyre, tube or any other accessory or in any way injure the
vehicle or permit it to be injured so as to reduce the usefulness of
Control of vehicle
10. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act the State Government
may, by order—
(a) Regulate, restrict or give directions with respect to the use of
any vehicle for the purpose of transport of passenger or goods by road
(b) Require any person owning, or employed in connection with, or having
in his possession or under his control, any vehicle to comply with any
directions given by any person specified in, or duly authorised in pursuance
of the order; and such directions may require the person owning or employed
in connection with, or having in his possession or under his control
any vehicle to use such vehicle for the conveyance of such persons or
goods at such time and by such routes as may be set forth in the directions;
(c) Prescribed the conditions subject to which, and the rates at which,
any vehicle may be hired for the purpose of transport of persons or
goods by road or river, and the conditions subject to which goods so
carried or to be carried may be discharged or loaded;
(d) Provide for prohibiting or restricting the carriage of persons
or goods of any class by any route and for prescribing the radius or
distance within which persons or goods of any class may be carried by
(e) Make such other provisions in relation to transport by any vehicle
by road or inland water as appear to the State Government to be necessary
or expedient for securing public safety, the maintenance of public order
or for maintaining supplies and services essential to the life of the
Provided that any order or direction made under this Act or under any
rule made under section 17 of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding
anything inconsistent therewith contained in any enactment other than
this Act or in any instrument have effect by virtue of any enactment
other than this Act.
Delegation of function
11. The State Government may, by order, direct that any power or duty
which is conferred or imposed on the State Government by this Act shall
in such circumstances and under such conditions, if any, as may be specified
in that direction, be exercised or discharged by any officer or authority
subordinate to it.
Compliance with order or direction
12. Any person on whom an order is served or to whom a direction is
made under provisions of this Act shall carry out such order or direction
in such manner and within such time as may be specified therein.
Protection of action taken under the Act
13. (1) No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against
any person for anything in good faith done or intended to be done in
pursuance of this Act or any rules made thereunder or any order issued
under any such rule.
(2) No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the State Government
for any damage caused or likely to be caused by anything in good faith
done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rule made
thereunder or any order issued under any such rule.
14. (1) No order made in exercise of any power conferred by or under
this Act shall be called in question in any Court of law.
(2) Where any order purports to have been made or signed by any authority
in exercise of any power conferred by or under this Act, a Court shall,
within the meaning of Indian Evidence Act, 1872, presume that such order
was so made by that authority. (Act I of 1872)
15. If any person contravenes any order or direction made under this
Act, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may
extend to six months or fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or with
Power to arrest without warrant
16. Any police officer of or above the rank of Sub-Inspector may arrest
without warrant any person who is reasonably suspected of having committed
an offence punishable under this Act.
Power to make rules
17. (1) The State Government may, subject to the condition of previous
publication, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) Every rule made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may
be after it is made, before the Assam Legislative Assembly while it
is in Session for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised
in one Session or in two successive Sessions, and if, before the expiry
of the Session in which it is so laid for the Sessions immediately following
the Assam Legislative Assembly agree in making any modification in the
rule or the Assam Legislative Assembly agree that the rule should not
be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified
form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however, that any such
modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity
of anything previously done under that rule.
Repeal and Savings
18. (1) The Assam Requisition and Control of Vehicle Ordinance, 1968
is hereby repealed. (Assam Ordinance IV of 1968)
(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken
under the Ordinance so repealed shall be deemed to have been done or
taken under this Act as if this Act had commenced or the thirteenth
day of July 1968 (The date of promulgation of the Ordinance).