Driver escapes ban
A MAN who drove without insurance avoided a disqualification at Wicklow District Court last Tuesday, July 18.
Jason Handyside (43), The Red Roof Cabin, Kibi Cottage, Tomdarragh, did not have insurance when he was stopped at Annamoe on November 25 at 6.40 and was stopped.
A former tattoo artist, Handyside had to change his career due to carpal tunnel syndrome, said solicitor Brendan Maloney.
He re-trained in fitness and outdoor activities and established a small business. He had a tour that day and his lift let him down at the last minute. His usual mode of transport was cycling but he didn’t have time to get there by bike.
He took a chance and drove his partner’s car. She had planned to put him on the insurance, the court heard. Mr Maloney said that Handyside may need a licence for his business in the near future.
Judge Alan Mitchell said that he would exercise his discretion and did not impose a disqualification. He handed down a fine of €250. He also handed down a fine of €125 for driving without a licence.