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03 Oct 2022

Moped driver convicted of no insurance at Kilkenny Court

Moped driver convicted of no insurance at Kilkenny Court

A man who was on ‘a traditional scooter’ and travelling at approximately 20 kilometres per hour was convicted of no insurance at Kilkenny District Court.
Makrem Oueslatia, 15 College Avenue, Callan Road, Kilkenny had contested the charge.
Garda David Bourke told the court that on 31/12/20 at 4.25pm on the Callan Road he observed the defendant driving a scooter which the garda believed to be a motor propelled vehicle. The garda demanded proof of insurance, which was not produced. The vehicle was seized but has subsequently been returned.
The judge described it as ‘a traditional moped’,
“I am well familiar with mopeds, they have been on the go for over fifty years,” she said.
Solicitor, Chris Hogan told the court that the moped was a present that his client had bought for his teenage son.
Mr Hogan said that it was his client’s understanding was that he did not need insurance or a licence for the moped , which can only do a speed of thirty kilometres per hour.
Gda Bourke told the court that the vehicle had been examined and confirmed that it’s maximum speed was 30 kilometres per hour. The garda said that when he observed the defendant he was travelling at ‘a speed of twenty kilometres per hour’.
Mr Hogan said that his client works in Dublin and travels there by public transport. He described it as ‘a technical breach’.
Judge Elaine Carroll convicted the defendant of having no insurance under The Road Traffic Act and imposed a fine of €175. She did not impose a disqualification order.

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