JUDGE WANTS TRAFFIC WARDENS TO BE ABLE TO SAY WHETHER ARREARS WERE PAID IN TAX-DISC PROSECUTIONS

18 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE RESIDENT District Court judge in Monaghan has signalled to traffic wardens involved in cases where fines are issued for the non-display of current road tax discs that, at future hearings, he will wish to know whether the tax arrears in question have actually been paid.

Judge Denis McLoughlin said this information (which the wardens and prosecution do not always have to hand) would be important in determining the levels of fines in such cases.

He was speaking at last week’s Monahan court sitting in relation to the case of Yavor Stoychev, with an address at Kilnadreen, Co Monaghan, who was summoned for having no tax disc on a vehicle when it was parked at The Diamond, Monaghan on 18th April 2015.

A traffic warden stated that he issued a parking fine in respect of an Alfa Romeo car, but that this was not paid even though two reminders were sent out. The annual rate of tax would have been €514, the warden noted.

The tax disc on the vehicle in question had expired in September 2013, witness informed Judge McLoughlin. Nor was there any insurance displayed on it, he added. The date on which it came into Mr Stoychev’s ownership was 19th March last, the warden also stated.

Judge McLoughlin asked if the car had been taxed in the meantime, but the witness was unable to give information on this point.

This prompted the judge to state that he would in future like to know whether or not vehicles in cases like this were taxed after….

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