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Sunday 25 August 2019

Tachograph offence

FAILURE TO insert a fresh recording sheet in the tachograph of the lorry he was driving led to a prosecution for Aidan Kehoe of Ballina, Ballymurn and the firm of which he is a director.

Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla agreed to strike out the summons against Kehoe and proceed with the case against AK Forestry Contractors Ltd., also of Ballina in Ballymurn, on the basis that the firm owned the lorry.

Defending solicitor Caitriona Walsh explained that her client specialised in forestry and the family run company had been in the business for 23 years. At the time of the offence in April of last year, Kehoe was also involved in the sale of delivery of mobile homes, an enterprise built up by a brother who had died.

The failure to insert the new sheet meant that one day's record was over-written by subsequent recording. The offence drew a conviction against AK Forestry Contractors, and the firm was ordered to pay Road Safety Authority costs of €400.

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