Gardaí in Co. Kilkenny seized a jeep under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022).
Gardaí brought the commercial vehicle to a halt as it did not display any “valid paperwork” on its windscreen.
A Garda spokesperson said that proper evidence of insurance and a valid certificate of roadworthiness are “clearly” for the benefit of all road users.”
Insurance and tax discs
As per Irish law, motorists must display an insurance disc on certain motor vehicles when using them in a public place, on or after July 1st, 1986.
The Irish Statute Book states that “the insurance disc shall be carried in a conspicuous position on the windscreen of the vehicle in such manner that it shall be both visible and readily accessible for inspection”.
It should be “located that it does not obscure the vision of the driver while the vehicle is being driven or in the case of a vehicle not fitted with a windscreen in a conspicuous position on the near side of the vehicle”.
According to citizensinformation.ie, a failure to display an insurance disk carries a fixed charge of €60. It also states that this fee rises to €90 after 28 days.
It also stresses that driving without displaying a current tax disc is an offence.
A failure to display a current tax disc on your vehicle is classed as a motoring offence. It can lead to a €60 fixed-charge fine from a traffic warden or a Garda.
Meanwhile, according to MyVehicle.ie, a Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) is proof that your commercial vehicle has met some of the basic safety requirements on the day it passed its test.
The RSA states that by law, you should have a valid CRW certificate (o NCT or ADR cert – depending on type) for your vehicle while you are using it on a public road.
All commercial vehicles must complete a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) to obtain a Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW). This enables you to renew your motor tax for vehicles taxed privately and commercially.
A failure to have a current CRW certificate is an offence under Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act 1961.
A conviction for this offence carries five penalty points. Furthermore, you may also receive a fine of up to €3,000 and/or up-to three months’ imprisonment.
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