(cf Gen Act, s 228)
(1) A police officer may apply to an authorised warrants officer for a search warrant if the police officer has reasonable grounds for believing that there is or, within 72 hours, will be on any premises a motor vehicle that has been operated as referred to in section 238 or in relation to which number-plates have been, or are being, used in contravention of section 244.
(2) An authorised warrants officer to whom such an application is made may, if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for doing so, issue a search warrant authorising a police officer named in the warrant--(a) to enter the premises, and(b) to search the premises for such a motor vehicle or number-plates, and(c) to seize such a motor vehicle or number-plates, and otherwise deal with it, in accordance with this Part.
(3) Division 4 of Part 5 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 applies to a search warrant issued under this section.
(4) In this section--
"authorised warrants officer" means an authorised officer within the meaning of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 .
"premises" has the same meaning as in the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 .