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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Gardaí arrest disqualified motorist and seize jeep

A motorist, who is disqualified from driving, is due before the courts.

Gardaí arrested the individual after finding them behind the wheel of a Nissan Navara jeep.

Laois Roads Policing Unit made the discovery whilst on patrol in the country on Monday, November 15th, 2021.

Disqualified motorist

In a statement, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois Offaly said:

“Laois Roads Policing Unit on patrol this evening stopped the above vehicle.”

“A quick check of the driver’s licence with Garda Mobility App revealed them to be driving while disqualified.”

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“The driver was arrested and has been charged to appear before Portlaoise District Court. The vehicle they were driving has been seized,” they concluded.

Disqualified from driving

According to the RSA (Road Safety Authority), there are two ways you can be disqualified from driving. Either:

  • You are convicted of a driving offence that attracts penalty points, or
  • You are served with a fixed charge notice for an alleged offence that attracts penalty points, and you opt to pay the fine rather than having the matter referred to the courts.

If you get 12 penalty points in any 3-year period, you are automatically disqualified from driving for six months.

According to the authority, penalty points stay on your licence record for three years. Penalty points are recorded on your driving licence.

According to, if you drive while disqualified from driving, or you are required to produce a certificate of competency or certificate of fitness before getting a driving licence.

However, if you fail to do so, you could be fined up to €6,000, or be imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both.

If you drive while uninsured, you could be fined up to €5,000 and get 5 penalty points. Also, you could go to prison for up to 6 months.

Furthermore, it is an offence to drive an untaxed vehicle and it is an offence to drive without displaying a current tax disc.

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