28 Sept 2022

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for two years

Drove car without tax or insurance

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for two years

A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Road Traffic Act was convicted and fined €450.

John McGuire, Granard Road, Abbeylara, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with using an MPV knowing there was no insurance on it and not displaying a valid tax disc at Toneywarden, Granard on August 25 last.

Garda Martin McGowan told the court that he was operating a checkpoint in the area on the date in question when he stopped the defendant and spoke to him.

The Garda said that after examining the vehicle, he discovered that there was neither a tax disc nor an insurance disc on display.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Bríd Mimnagh told the court that her client had gotten his affairs in order and his life was now back on track.

“He is working at the Lidl warehouse in Mullingar and if he were to lose his licence it would serve as a major inconvenience to him,” Ms Mimnagh added.

During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes told Ms Mimnagh that her client’s inconvenience was not the court’s problem.

The Judge subsequently disqualified Mr McGuire from driving for two years.

He also fined the defendant €250 for driving without insurance and a further €200 fine was imposed for having no tax on the vehicle.

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