Owner of defective minibus has fines reduced to €1,000

THE OWNER of a defective minibus had fines totalling € 3,800 reduced to € 1,000 on appeal in Wexford Circuit Court.

Judge Barry Hickson confirmed a District Court conviction in the case of James Walsh, 1, Crosstown, on charges of allowing the use of a mini- bus which was unsuitable for the accommodation of passengers and which did not have a certificate of roadworthiness at Strandfield, Kerlogue on January 8, 2011.

The driver of the vehicle Thomas Sinnott, Ballyminaun, Killinick was given the benefit of the Probation Act.

The owner James Walsh had been fined € 1,900 on two summonses but these were reduced to € 500 each by the Circuit Court Judge.

State Solicitor Kevin O'Doherty said the defendant had admitted that the mini- bus was used on a school run.

Judge Hickson said the law imposed a responsibility on Mr. Walsh to ensure that his vehicle was roadworthy.

The Judge said that in his opinion, it was a most unroadworthy vehicle due to chassis damage and it could have caused major injury to passengers if it had been involved in a collision.

The driver Thomas Sinnott had been fined € 1,900 in the District Court and also lodged an appeal in the Circuit Court.

In his case, Judge Hickson allowed the appeal and said he would apply the Probation Act if he donates € 300 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The State Solicitor told the court it would be wrong to look for a conviction against the owner and the driver.

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