Insurance hikes to blame for Abbeylara mans charge

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Insurance hikes to blame for Abbeylara mans charge

Insurance hikes to blame for Abbeylara mans charge

The rising cost of insurance has been blamed on an incident in Edgeworthstown last year in which a man was stopped and later charged for failing to have adequate cover in place.

Michael Ledwith, Raneghan, Abbeylara, Co Longford was pulled in by gardaí at Aghafin, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford on June 22, 2018.He was correspondingly charged with having no insurance, contrary to Section 56 of the Road Traffic Act 1961.

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Further charges, including having no driving licence in place and failing to produce the same document within 10 days contrary to Sections 38 and 40 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 were also handed down. In pleading guilty, defence solicitor Frank Gearty said his client had been effectively priced out of securing insurance after receiving a quote for €4,500.

Judge Seamus Hughes, as a result, banned him from driving for two years and fined Mr Ledwith €250. All of the other summons’ were struck out by the judge.