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Contracts Act 1950 [Act 136]

Part IX   cite [+]

OF BAILMENT

101 "Bailment", "bailor" and "bailee"   cite [+]

A "bailment" is the delivery of goods by one person to another for some purpose, upon a contract that they shall, when the purpose is accomplished, be returned or otherwise disposed of according to the directions of the person delivering them. The person delivering the goods is called the "bailor". The person to whom they are delivered is called the "bailee".

Explanation-If a person already in possession of the goods of another contracts to hold them as a bailee, he thereby becomes the bailee, and the owner becomes the bailor, of such goods, although they may not have been delivered by way of bailment.

102 Delivery to bailee how made   cite [+]

The delivery to the bailee may be made by doing anything which has the effect of putting the goods in the possession of the intended bailee or of any person authorized to hold them on his behalf.

103 Bailor's duty to disclose faults in goods bailed   cite [+]

The bailor is bound to disclose to the bailee faults in the goods bailed, of which the bailor is aware, and which materially interfere with the use of them, or expose the bailee to extraordinary risks; and, if he does not make the disclosure, he is responsible for damage arising to the bailee directly from those faults.

If the goods are bailed for hire, the bailor is responsible for the damage, whether he was or was not aware of the existence of the faults in the goods bailed.

ILLUSTRATIONS

(a) A lends a horse, which he knows to be vicious, to B. He does not disclose the fact that the horse is vicious. The horse runs away. B is thrown and injured. A is responsible to B for damage sustained.

(b) A hires a carriage of B. The carriage is unsafe, though B is not aware of it, and A is injured. B is responsible to A for the injury.


104 Care to be taken by bailee   cite [+]

In all cases of bailment the bailee is bound to take as much care of the goods bailed to him as a man of ordinary prudence would, under similar circumstances, take of his own goods of the same bulk, quality, and value as the goods bailed.

105 Bailee when not liable for loss, etc., of thing bailed   cite [+]

The bailee, in the absence of any special contract, is not responsible for the loss, destruction, or deterioration of the thing bailed, if he has taken the amount of care of it described in section 104.

106 Termination of bailment by bailee's act inconsistent with conditions   cite [+]

A contract of bailment is voidable at the option of the bailor, if the bailee does any act with regard to the goods bailed, inconsistent with the conditions or the bailment.

ILLUSTRATION

A lets to B, for hire, a horse for his own riding. B drives the horse in his carriage. This is, at the option of A, a termination of the bailment.

107 Liability of bailee making unauthorized use of goods bailed   cite [+]

If the bailee makes any use of the goods bailed, which is not according to the conditions of the bailment, he is liable to make compensation to the bailor for any damage arising to the goods from or during such use of them.

ILLUSTRATIONS

(a) A lends a horse to B for his own riding only. B allows C, a member of his family, to ride the horse. C rides with care, but the horse accidentally falls and is injured. B is liable to make compensation to A for the injury done to the horse.

(b) A hires a horse in Taiping from B expressly to march to Kuala Kangsar. A rides with due care, but marches to Parit Buntar instead. The horse accidentally falls and is injured. A is liable to make compensation to B for the injury to the horse.


108 Effect of mixture, with bailor's consent, of his goods with bailee's   cite [+]

If the bailee, with the consent of the bailor, mixes the goods of the bailor with his own goods, the bailor and the bailee shall have an interest, in proportion to their respective shares, in the mixture thus produced.

109 Effect of mixture, without bailor's consent, when the goods can be separated   cite [+]

If the bailee, without the consent of the bailor, mixes the goods of the bailor with his own goods, and the goods can be separated or divided, the property in the goods remains in the parties respectively; but the bailee is bound to bear the expense of separation or division, and any damage arising from the mixture.

ILLUSTRATION

A bails 100 bales of cotton marked with a particular mark to B. B, without A's consent, mixes the 100 bales with other bales of his own, bearing a different mark. A is entitled to have his 100 bales returned, and B is bound to bear all the expenses incurred in the separation of the bales, and any other incidental damage.

110 Effect of mixture, without bailor's consent, when the goods cannot be separated   cite [+]

If the bailee, without the consent of the bailor, mixes the goods of the bailor with his own goods, in such a manner that it is impossible to separate the goods bailed from the other goods and deliver them back, the bailor is entitled to be compensated by the bailee for the loss of the goods.

ILLUSTRATION

A bails a barrel of Cape flour, worth RM45, to B. B, without A 's consent, mixes the flour with country flour of his own, worth only RM25 a barrel. B must compensate A for the loss of his flour.


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