Longford District Court: Taxi driver had car test booked for day after inspector bumped into him

Defendant was waiting to register car as taxi cab

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Longford District Court

Defendant was waiting to register car as taxi cab

A local taxi driver who appeared before last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Road Traffic Act was ordered to pay costs of €400 and told to pay €350 into the court boor box following a hearing into the matter.

Daniel Walshe, 9 Cartron View, Kenagh, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with displaying a taxi sign identification on an unlicensed vehicle at Main Street, Longford on February 2, 2018.

Outlining the evidence to the court, a National Roads Authority (NRA) inspector who happened to be walking up Longford town’s main thoroughfare on the date in question at approximately 16:10 hours said he noticed the taxi plate on the vehicle.

He said he noticed that it was a new vehicle and he subsequently went away to investigate the matter further.

The court then heard that upon concluding those investigations, the inspector discovered that Mr Walshe’s vehicle had not been registered as a taxi cab.

“Mr Walshe had obviously changed over from his old vehicle to the new one and at the time there would have been issues with the insurance on the vehicle,” added the inspector.

“It had not yet been licenced as a taxi.”

Meanwhile, and in mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client actually had the vehicle in question booked for all the necessary tests the day after the inspector observed him in Longford.

“He went ahead with that and the vehicle passed all the necessary tests etc,” added Mr Gearty.

“Mr Walshe has been plying the taxi trade here in Longford for many years and it was just pure chance that the inspector was in the town that day.

“The important thing is that Mr Walshe had no intention of doing anything untoward and indeed the mere fact that he had the car booked in for the necessary inspections and tests the very next day proves this.”

Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes subsequently awarded costs against the local taxi driver and ordered him to pay into the poor box accordingly.

The matter was then struck out.