GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR THE HIRING OF EQUIPMENT
1.1 In these conditions the following words have the following meanings:
- “Contract” means a contract which incorporates these conditions and made between the Customer and the Supplier for the hire of Hire Goods and/or the sale of Products;
- “Customer” means the person, firm, company or other organisation hiring Hire Goods;
“Deposit” means any advance payment required by the Supplier in relation to the Hire Goods which is to be held as security by the Supplier;
- “Force Majeure” means any event outside a party’s reasonable control including but not limited to acts of God, war, flood, fire, labour disputes, strikes, sub-contractors, lock-outs, riots, civil commotion, malicious damage, explosion, terrorism, government actions and any other similar events;
- “Hire Goods” means any machine, article, tool, and/or device together with any accessories specified in a Contract which are hired to the Customer;
- “Hire Period” means the period commencing when the Customer holds the Hire Goods on hire (including Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holidays) and ending upon the happening of any of the following events: (i) the physical return of the Hire Goods by the Customer into the Suppliers possession; or (ii) the physical repossession or collection of Hire Goods by the Supplier;
- “Liability” means liability for any and all damages, claims, proceedings, actions, awards, expenses, costs and any other losses and/or liabilities;
- “Products” means the products sold to the Customer by the Supplier;
- “Rental” means the Supplier’s charging rate for the hire of the Hire Goods which is current from time to time during the Hire Period;
- “Supplier” means PCS HAYES LTD TRADING AS POWER CLEAN SERVICES and will include its employees, servants, agents, and/or duly authorised representatives;
- “Service” means the services and/or work (if any) to be performed by the Supplier for the Customer in conjunction with the hire of Hire Goods including any delivery and/or collection service for the Hire Goods
2 BASIS OF CONTRACT
2.1 Hire Goods are hired subject to them being available for hire to the Customer at the time required by the Customer. The Supplier will not be liable for any loss suffered by the Customer as a result of the Hire Goods being unavailable for hire where the Hire Goods are unavailable due to circumstances beyond the Supplier’s control.
2.2 Where the hire of the Hire Goods is to a Customer who is an individual and the hire would be covered by the Consumer Credit Act 1974 the duration of the Hire Period shall not exceed 3 months, after which time the Contract shall be deemed to have automatically terminated. Accordingly the hire of any Hire Goods is not covered by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
2.3 Nothing in this Contract shall exclude or limit any statutory rights of the Customer which may not be excluded or limited due to the Customer acting as a consumer. Where the Customer is acting as a consumer any provision which is marked with an asterisk (*) may, subject to determination by the Courts, have no force or effect. For further information about your statutory rights contact your local authority Trading Standards Department of Citizens Advice Bureau of if based in the Republic of Ireland your local office of the Director of Consumer Affairs or Citizens Information Centre.
3.1 The amount of any Deposit, Rental and/or charges for any Services shall be as quoted to the Customer or otherwise as shown in the Supplier’s current price list from time to time. Where a deposit is required for the Hire Goods it must be paid in advance of the Customer hiring the Hire Goods. The Supplier may also require an initial payment on account of the Rental in advance of the Customer hiring the Hire Goods.
3.2 The Customer shall pay the Rental, charges for any Services, monies for any Products and/or any other sums payable under the contract to the Supplier at the time and in the manner agreed. The Supplier’s prices are, unless otherwise stated, exclusive of any applicable VAT for which the Customer shall additionally be liable.
3.3 Payment by the Customer on time under the Contract is an essential condition of the Contract. Payment shall not be deemed to be made until the Supplier has received either cash or cleared funds in respect of the full amount outstanding.
3.4 *If the Customer fails to make any payment in full on the due date the Supplier may charge the Customer interest (both before and after judgment/decree) on the amount unpaid at the rate implied by law under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (where applicable) or at the rate of 4% above the base rate from time to time of the Supplier’s bank whichever is higher.
3.5 *The Customer shall pay all sums due to the Supplier under this Contract without any set-off, deduction, counterclaim and/or any other withholding of monies.
3.6 The Supplier may set a reasonable credit limit for the Customer. The Supplier reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Contract for hire of the Hire Goods and/or the provision of Services if allowing it to continue would result in the Customer exceeding its credit limit or the credit limit is already exceeded.
4 RISK OWNERSHIP AND INSURANCE
4.1 Risk in the Hire Goods and any Products will pass immediately to the Customer when they leave the physical possession or control of the Supplier.
4.2 Risk in the Hire Goods will not pass back to the Supplier from the Customer until the Hire Goods are back in the physical possession of the Supplier. This shall apply even if the Supplier has agreed to cease charging the Rental.
4.3 Ownership of the Hire Goods remains at all times with the Supplier, The Customer has no right, title or interest in the Hire Goods except that they are hired to the Customer. Ownership of any Products remains with the Supplier until all monies payable to the Supplier by the Customer for the Products have been paid in full.
4.4 The Customer must not deal with the ownership or any interest in the Hire Goods. This includes but is not limited to selling, assigning, mortgaging, pledging, charging, securing, hiring, withholding, exerting any right to withhold, disposing of and/or lending. However the Customer may re-hire the Hire Goods to a third party with the prior written consent of the Supplier.
4.5 The Customer will pay to the Supplier the replacement cost of any Hire Goods which are lost, stolen or damaged beyond economical repair. The Customer is advised to insure the Hire Goods on this basis. The proceeds of any such insurance that relate directly to the Hire Goods shall be held by the Customer in trust for the Supplier and be paid to the Supplier on demand. The Customer must not compromise any claim in respect of the Hire Goods and/or any associated insurance without the Supplier’s written consent.
5 DELIVERY, COLLECTION AND SERVICES
5.1 Where the Supplier delivers or collects the Hire Goods to and/or from the Customer it will do so at its standard delivery cost and such delivery and/or collection will form part of the Services.
5.2 Where the Hire Goods are collected by the Customer from the Supplier it is the responsibility of the Customer to return the Hire Goods to the Supplier at the end of the Hire Period.
5.3 The Customer will allow and/or procure sufficient access to and from the relevant site and procure sufficient unloading space, facilities, equipment and access to utilities for the Supplier’s employees, sub-contractors and/or agents to allow them to carry out the Services. The Customer will ensure that the site where the services are to be performed is, where necessary, cleared and prepared before the Services are due to commence.
5.4 If any Services are delayed, postponed and/or are cancelled due to the Customer failing to comply with its obligations the Customer will be liable to pay the Supplier’s additional standard charges from time to time for such delay, postponement and/or cancellation except where the Customer is acting as a consumer and the delay is due to a Force Majeure event.
6 CARE OF HIRE GOODS
6.1 The Customer shall:-
6.1.1 not remove any labels from and/or interfere with the Hire Goods, their working mechanisms or any other parts of them and shall take reasonable care of the Hire Goods and only use them for their proper purpose in a safe and correct manner in accordance with any operating and/or safety instructions provided or supplied to the Customer;
6.1.2 notify the Supplier immediately after any breakdown, loss and/or damage to the Hire Goods;
6.1.3 take adequate and proper measures to protect the Hire Goods from theft, damage and/or other risks;
6.1.4 notify the Supplier of any change of its address and upon the Supplier’s request provide details of the location of the Hire Goods;
6.1.5 permit the Supplier at all reasonable times and upon reasonable notice to inspect the Hire Goods including procuring access to any property where the Hire Goods are situated;
6.1.6 keep the Hire Goods at all times in its possession and control and not relocate the Hire Goods without the written consent of the Supplier;
6.1.7 be responsible for the conduct of any testing, examinations and/or checks n
operating instructions except to the extent that the Supplier has agreed to provide them as part of any Service;
6.1.8 not do or omit to do anything which the Customer has been notified will or may be deemed to invalidate any policy of insurance related to the Hire Goods;
6.1.9 not continue to use the Hire Goods where they have been damaged and will notify the Supplier immediately if the Hire Goods are involved in an accident resulting in damage to the Hire Goods, other property and/or injury to any person; and
6.1.10 where the Hire Goods require fuel, oil and/or electricity ensure that the proper type and/or voltage is used and that, where appropriate, the Hire Goods are properly installed by a qualified and competent person.
6.2 The Hire Goods must be returned to the Supplier in good working order and condition (fair wear and tear excepted) and in a clean condition together with any documents relating to the Hire Goods.
7.1 Allowance will be made in relation to the Rental to the Customer for any non-use of the Hire Goods due to breakdown caused by the development of an inherent fault and/or fair wear and tear on condition that the Customer informs the Supplier as soon as practicable of the breakdown.
7.2 The Customer shall be responsible for all expenses, loss (including loss of Rental) and/or damage suffered by the Supplier arising from any breakdown of the Hire Goods due to the Customer’s negligence, misdirection and/or misuse of the Hire Goods.
7.3 The Supplier will at its own cost carry out all routine maintenance and repairs to the Hire Goods during the Hire Period and all repairs which are required due to fair wear and tear and/or an inherent fault in the Hire Goods. The Customer will be responsible for the cost of all consumable items and repairs necessary to Hire Goods during the Hire Period which arise otherwise than as a result of fair wear and tear, an inherent fault and/or the negligence of the Supplier while carrying out routine maintenance and/or repairs.
7.4 The Customer must not repair or attempt to repair the Hire Goods unless authorised to do so in writing by the Supplier.
8 LOSS OR DAMAGE TO THE HIRE GOODS
If the Hire Goods are returned in damaged, unclean and/or defective state except where due to fair wear and tear and/or an inherent fault in the Hire Goods the Customer shall be liable to pay the Supplier for the cost of any repair and/or cleaning required to return the Hire Goods to a condition fit for re-hire and to pay the Rental, in accordance with the provisions of clause 8.3, until such repairs and/or cleaning have been completed.
8.2 The Customer will pay to the Supplier the replacement cost of any Hire Goods which are lost, stolen and/or damaged beyond economic repair during the Hire Period.
8.3 The Customer shall pay the Rental for the Hire Goods up to and including the date it notifies the Supplier that the Hire Goods have been lost, stolen and/or damaged beyond economical repair. From that date until the Supplier has replaced such Hire Goods the Customer shall pay, as a genuine pre-estimate of lost rental profit, a sum as liquidated damages being equal to two thirds of the Rental that would have applied for such Hire Goods for that period. The Supplier shall use its reasonable commercial endeavours to purchase replacements for such Hire Goods as quickly as possible using the monies paid under clause 8.2 above.
9 TERMINATION BY NOTICE
9.1 If the Hire Period has a fixed duration, subject to the provisions of Section 10 neither the Customer nor the Supplier shall be entitled to terminate the Contract before the expiry of that fixed period unless agreed with the other party.
9.2 If the Hire Period does not have a fixed duration either of the Customer or the Supplier is entitled to terminate the Contract upon giving to the other party any agreed period of notice.
9.3 If no period of notice has been agreed or specified the Customer may terminate the Hire Period by the return of the Hire Goods to the Supplier.
9.4 The Supplier shall be entitled to terminate the hire of the Hire Goods by giving not less than 14 days’ notice to the Customer.
10.1 If the Customer:-
10.1.1 fails to make any payment to the Supplier when due without just cause;
10.1.2 breaches the terms of the Contract and, where the breach is capable of remedy, has not remedied the breach within 14 days of receiving notice requiring the breach to be remedied;
10.1.3 persistently breaches the terms of the Contract;
10.1.4 provides incomplete, materially inaccurate or misleading facts and/or information in connection with the Contract;
10.1.5 pledges charges or creates any form of security over any Hire Goods or proposes to compound with its creditors, creates a trust deed for its creditors, applies for an interim moratorium in respect of claims and/or proceedings, any distress/diligence, execution or other legal process is levied on any property of the Customer, has a Bankruptcy Petition/Petition for Sequestration presented against it or the Customer takes or suffers any similar action in any jurisdiction;
10.1.6 being a company, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on business, enters into voluntary or compulsory liquidation, has a receiver, administrator or administrative receiver or in the Republic of Ireland an examiner appointed over all or any of its assets, any attachment order/arrestment is made against the Customer, any distress/diligence, execution or other legal process is levied on any property of the Customer or the Customer takes or suffers any similar action in any jurisdiction;
10.1.7 appears reasonably to the Supplier due to the Customer’s credit rating to be financially inadequate to meet its obligations under the Contract; and/or
10.1.8 appears reasonably to the Supplier to be about to suffer any of the above events; then the Supplier shall have the right, without prejudice to any other remedies, to exercise any or all of the rights set out in clause 10.2 below.
10.2 If any of the events set out in clause 10.1 above occurs in relation to the Customer then:-
10.2.1 except where the Customer is acting as a consumer the Supplier may enter, without prior notice, any premises of the Customer (or premises of third parties with their consent) where Hire Goods and/or Products owned by the Supplier may be and repossess any Hire Goods and /or Products;
10.2.2 the Supplier may withhold the performance of any Services and cease any Services in progress under this and/or any other Contract with the Customer;
10.2.3 the Supplier may immediately cancel, terminate and/or suspend without Liability to the Customer the Contract and/or any other contract with the Customer; and/or
10.2.4 *all monies owed by the Customer to the Supplier shall immediately become due and payable.
10.3 Any repossession of the Hire Goods and/or Products shall not affect the Supplier’s right to recover from the Customer any monies due under the Contract and/or any damages in respect of any breach which occurred prior to repossession of the Hire Goods and/or Products.
10.4 Upon termination of the Contract the Customer shall immediately:
10.4.1 return the Hire Goods to the Supplier or make the Hire Goods available for collection by the Supplier as requested by the Supplier; and
10.4.2 pay to the Supplier all arrears for Rentals, Charges for any Services, monies for any Products and/or any other sums payable under the Contract.
11 LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
11.1 *All warranties, representations, terms, conditions and duties implied by law relating to fitness, quality and/or adequacy are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
11.2 *If the Supplier is found to be liable in respect of any loss or damage to the Customer’s property the extent of the Supplier’s Liability will be limited to the retail cost of replacement of the damaged property.
11.3 Any defective Hire Goods must be returned to the Supplier for inspection if requested by the Supplier before the Supplier will have any Liability for defective Hire Goods.
11.4 *The Supplier shall have no Liability to the Customer if, without just cause, any monies due in respect of the Hire Goods and/or the Services have not been paid in full by the due date for payment.
11.5 The Supplier shall have no Liability for additional damage, loss, liability, claims, costs or expenses caused or contributed to by the Customer’s continued use of defective Hire Goods and/or Services after a defect has become apparent.or suspected or should reasonably have become apparent to the Customer.
11.6 The Customer shall give the Supplier a reasonable opportunity to remedy any
matter for which the Supplier is liable before the Customer incurs any costs and/or expenses in remedying the matter itself. If the Customer does not do so the Supplier shall have no Liability to the Customer.
11.7 *The Supplier shall have no Liability to the Customer to the extent that the Customer is covered by any policy of insurance arranged as a result of the Contract and the Customer shall ensure that the Customer’s insurers waive any and all rights of subrogation the may have against the Supplier.
11.8 The Supplier shall have no Liability to the Customer for any:-
11.8.1 *consequential losses (including loss of profits and/or damage to goodwill);
11.8.2 economic and/or similar losses;
11.8.3 special damages and indirect losses; and/or
11.8.4 business interruption, loss of business, contracts and/or opportunity.
11.9 *The Supplier’s total Liability to the Customer under and/or arising in relation to any Contract shall not exceed 5 times the amount of the Rental and charges for Services (if any) under that Contract or the sum of £1000/e1250 whichever is the higher. To the extent that any Liability of the Supplier to the Customer would be met by any insurance of the Supplier then the Liability of the Supplier shall be extended to the extent that such Liability is met by such insurance.
11.10 Each of the limitations and/or exclusions in this Contract shall be deemed to be repeated and apply as a separate provision for each of:
11.10.1 Liability for breach of contract;
11.10.2 *Liability in tort/delict (including negligence); and
11.10.3 *Liability for breach of statutory and/or common lay duty; except
clause 11.9 above which shall apply once only in respect of the said types of Liability.
11.11 Nothing in this Contract shall exclude or limit the Liability of the Supplier for death or personal injury due to the Supplier’s negligence nor exclude or limit any other type of Liability which it is not permitted to exclude or limit as a matter of law.
12.1 Upon termination of the Contract the provisions of clauses 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and Section 6 shall continue in full force and effect.
12.2 Each hire of an item of Hire Goods shall form a distinct Contract which shall be separate to any other Contract relating to other Hire Goods.
12.3 The Customer shall be liable for the acts and/or omissions of its employees, agents, servants and/or subcontractors as though they were its own acts and/or omissions under this Contract.
12.4 *The Customer agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Supplier against any and all losses, lost profits, damages, claims, costs (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis), actions and any other losses and/or liabilities suffered by the Supplier and arising from or due to any breach of contract, any tortuous/delictual act and/or omission and/or any breach of statutory duty by the Customer.
12.5 *No waiver by the Supplier of any breach of this Contract shall be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same provision or any other provision. If any provision is held by any competent authority to be unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provisions of this Contract and the remainder of the effected provision shall be unaffected and shall remain in full force and effect.
12.6 The Supplier shall have no Liability to the Customer for any delay and/or non performance of a Contract to the extent that such delay is due to any Force Majeure events. If the Supplier is affected by any such event then time for performance shall be extended for a period equal to the period that such event or events delayed such performance.
12.7 All third party rights are excluded and no third parties shall have any rights to enforce the Contract. This shall not apply to any finance company with whom the Supplier has an outstanding finance agreement relating to the Hire Goods. Such finance company shall, subject to the Supplier’s consent, have the right to enforce this Contract as if they were the Supplier.
GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SALE
1.1 The Sellers reserve the right to adjust the price by an amount corresponding to any increase in costs occurring after the date of order due to factors outside the control of the Sellers subject to notification in writing being given to the Buyer.
1.2 All prices are exclusive of transport, packing and VAT. Costs of transport and packing will be added to all products supplied. VAT will be charged at the rate applicable at the date of invoice. In case of small orders the Seller shall be entitled to make a minimum order charge or to add a surcharge.
2.1 Unless otherwise agreed Power Clean Services terms for non-account holders are: payment with order. Terms of payment for agreed credit account holders are: Nett monthly account, i.e. payment is due by the end of the month following the month of invoice. The time within which payment is to be made by the Buyer shall be of the essence of the contract. Any query on an invoice must be raised within eight days from date of invoice. POWER CLEAN SERVICES WILL NOT ACCEPT DEBIT NOTES UNLESS ACCEPTANCE IS CONFIRMED IN WRITING PRIOR TO ISSUE.
2.2 Power Clean Services reserve the right to change prices, terms and product specification without notice.
Title to goods supplied shall remain with Power Clean Services until paid for in full.
The risk in respect of all goods sold under the contract shall pass to the Buyer upon the despatch of the goods by the Seller from its premises notwithstanding agreement by the Seller to bear the cost of delivery or to deliver the goods itself. In any event the property in the goods shall not pass to the Buyer except as provided in clause 3 hereof.
5. RESTOCKING CHARGE
Any goods ordered by the Buyer and delivered or supplied substantially in accordance with the Buyer’s instructions, subsequently returned to the Seller for any reason other than faulty manufacture, will be subject to a restocking charge equal to 15% of the invoice value of the goods, subject to the goods being returned unused and in original packaging or as despatched, and the responsibility for any costs or charges incurred in the return of such goods to the Seller’s premises will be the Buyer’s.
5.1 Any dates given in the contract for despatch or delivery of goods or completion of the work (as the case may be) shall constitute estimates of expectation only and shall not be binding.
5.2 If notwithstanding the Seller’s best endeavours the Seller fails to despatch or deliver the goods or to complete the work by such date, such failure shall not constitute a breach of the contract and the Buyer shall not be entitled to claim compensation for such failure or for any consequential loss or damage resulting therefrom.
5.3 Claims in respect of apparent incomplete or incorrect supplies or of goods damaged in transit must be notified to the carrier and to the Seller as soon as possible and in any event not later than 3 working days after receipt of the goods at the place of destination.
5.4 Claims in respect of non-delivery of goods must be made as soon as possible and in any event within 3 working days of the receipt by the Buyer of the Seller’s invoice.
7. FAULTY GOODS
Faulty goods shall not form the subject of any claim for labour costs or other expenditure incurred by the Buyer and the Sellers shall not be responsible for any loss or damage arising out of any such fault.
8.1 Any claims made by the Buyer against the Seller under the Terms and Conditions of the Guarantees must be substantiated to the satisfaction of Power Clean Services (i.e. copy of purchase invoice) and the relevant Manufacturer, and at the discretion of the Seller, no replacement or credit will be given in respect of a faulty part until sufficient evidence of the validity of the claim has been presented.
8.2 Defects shall be notified as soon as they are discovered but in any event:-
8.2.1 In the case of “wear parts” including nozzles, brushes, motor brushes, spark plugs, belts, hoses, rubber blades, wheels, seals, electrodes, plastic couplings, filters, plastic parts not later than 7 days after the delivery of the goods.
8.2.2 In the case of items of the goods other than those listed in clause 8.2.1 hereof no later than 12 months after the delivery of the goods or in the case of multishift operation of the goods (meaning operation of more than 8 hours en each 24 hour period) not later than 6 months after such delivery or commissioning.
9. CONTRACTS FOR WORK
If the contract is for and includes work to be done by the Seller whether of installation commissioning, repair, rectification or improvement, then unless the contract otherwise provides the following additional provisions shall apply thereto:
9.1 The Seller shall be obliged to carry out such work only during a Seller’s normal working hours, if the Buyer requests that overtime be worked and the Seller agrees thereto such overtime shall be paid for by the Buyer at a rate stipulated by the Seller.
9.2 If the work is to carried out at the Buyer’s premises or on the Buyer’s request at the premises of any other person then the Buyer shall undertake to provide or to procure the provision of proper and safe storage and protection of all goods, tools, plant equipment and materials on site; free and safe access to the site and to the place at which the work is to be carried out; all facilities and services necessary to enable such work to be carried our safely and expeditiously; (if such work includes the installation of any goods) all builders work, foundations, cutting away and making good required and the ready availability of all plan and equipment so as to permit the goods to be tested forthwith on completion of such work.
9.3 The Buyer shall pay to the Seller the amount of any expense incurred by the Seller by reason of any breach by the Buyer of its undertakings in sub-clause 9.2 above (but without prejudice to the Seller’s rights to recover further damages therefore) and a certificate of the Seller’s auditors certifying such amounts shall be conclusive and binding upon the Buyer and the Seller.
10. END OF LIFE OBLIGATIONS
In the event that regulations are introduced at any time with regard to the disposal or recycling of equipment and this is not specifically provided for within the purchase price then the responsibility to meet these obligations will clearly rest with the purchaser.
This Contract is governed by and interpreted in accordance with the law of the country where the Supplier/Seller is located and that country will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to this Contract.