Double trouble - van driver caught for no insurance and tax while helping friend in Leitrim

Multi-agency checkpoint in Leitrim

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Double trouble - van driver caught for no insurance and tax while helping friend in Leitrim

Van driver caught with no tax or insurance after he came to rescue his friend

Gardaí from the Roads Policing Unit in Leitrim today (Monday, March 25) conducted a number of multi-agency checkpoints throughout the county alongside Vehicle Inspectors from the Road Safety Authority, Customs Officers and Social Welfare Inspectors.

A lorry was stopped at one of these checkpoints and was found to be "dangerous/ defective" by Gardaí and RSA Vehicle Inspectors. One of the wheels had 8 of the 10 wheel nuts dangerously loose. This presents a serious road safety issue. The truck was grounded at scene pending the issue being properly rectified.

According to Sligo Leitrim Gardai a short time later, a colleague of the lorry driver arrived at the scene to assist with the issue.

The friend  arrived in a van with no valid tax or insurance displayed on the vehicle. A check of Garda system confirmed that the tax was approaching two years expired. This vehicle was seized by Gardaí.

The lorry was allowed to proceed once repaired, but a file will now be prepared in relation to the lorry driver.

The van driver faces a number of Fixed Charge Penalty Notices or even a possible court appearance.

Photos and details courtesy of the Sligo Leitrim Garda Facebook page.

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