Motorist too late when he tried to pay fine
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.