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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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€2,000 fines for three vehicles using green diesel

Kildare Roads Policing Unit Based at Naas performed a multi-agency checkpoint in the south of the country on Friday morning (June 4th, 2021).

Customs and Excise officers, Department of Social Protection inspectors and a Health and Safety inspector were involved.

Officers detected offences related to incorrect fuel types, licences, no tax and/or insurance and unsecured loads.

According to Gardaí, the Department of Social Protection interviewed 112 people regarding PUP payments, resulting in many follow-up investigations.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kildare Garda Divison said:

“Customs officials detected 3 road vehicles being driven with green diesel. On-on-spot €2,000 fines issued. Health and safety authority detected 1 vehicle with a non-load securing/dangerous goods – load secured on-site and fine €250 issued.”

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“Gardai impounded 4 vehicles, 2 unaccompanied learner permit holders – no L-plates displayed, and 1 of these had no insurance.”

“1 vehicle had tax expired 581 days. 1 further vehicle who attempted to turn away from checkpoint was found to be uninsured, untaxed and [the] driver was an unaccompanied learner permit holder with no L-plates displayed.”

“All vehicles will incur impound fees. FCPNs will also issue to all motorists to include penalty points – No insurance will incur a trip to court. An Garda Síochána would like to thank the public for its patience during the operation.”

€2,000 fine for driver using green diesel

Last month, Gardaí in the county also issued a €2,000 fine to a driver for utilising green diesel.

Roads Policing Unit Naas performed the multi-agency checkpoint with Revenue, Customs and Excise and Department of Social Protection officers.

In total, customs officers examined 50 vehicles and detected multiple road traffic-related offences.

“Customs officers checked 50 vehicles – one road vehicle was being driven with green diesel. An on-the-spot fine of €2,000 issued.”

“Department of Social protection interacted with 129 persons in line with department legislation. Naas Roads Policing Unit seized 3 vehicles for no road tax or insurance – 8 FCPNs for various offences were also issued.”

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