Mo­torist too late when he tried to pay fine

Bray People - - NEWS -

A mo­torist is­sued with a fine for the non dis­play of a tax disc at­tempted to pay but his cheque was re­turned and he was in­formed the 56-day dead­line for pay­ment had passed.

Garda Ciara Too­lis stopped a ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by Mark Court­ney, 17 Pri­ory Av­enue, Eden Gate, Del­gany, at 11.25 a.m. on the N11 slip road, Fas­saroe, Bray, on Jan­uary 30 2017.

His tax disc had ex­pired in June of 2016.

Mr Court­ney took to the wit­ness box at Bray District Court last Thurs­day where he main­tained that he only re­ceived the fixed charge no­tice on May 26.

He tried to pay the fine by cheque on May 29 but it was re­turned to him on May 30 when he was in­formed the time to pay had ex­pired.

Mr Court­ney said he didn’t get the no­tice un­til May 26, though he had been out of the coun­try for ten days so it was pos­si­ble it had ar­rived slightly ear­lier in the month. He hadn’t any pre­vi­ous dif­fi­cul­ties with his post and had al­ways in­tended to pay the fine.

Judge David Kennedy sad he was sat­is­fied with Mr Court­ney’s tes­ti­mony and struck out the non dis­play of a disc charge.

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