Driver es­capes ban

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

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.

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