A Portarlington woman who told Judge Catherine Staines that she couldn’t afford to pay her NCT was among the people who appeared at last week’s district court in Portlaoise to face road traffic charges.
Danielle Nolan, 24 The Oaks, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, was charged with driving without an NCT, no learner plates, being an unaccompanied learner driver, and failure to produce documents. The offences were committed at Jessop Street, Portlaoise, on December 10 last year.
Defence for Nolan, Mr Philip Meagher said his client, a 22-year-old woman who was not working, had run into financial difficulty.
On the day in question she had an appointment at a specific time, but the person who was supposed to accompany her pulled out at the last minute.
Mr Meagher explained that Nolan could not afford the NCT on the vehicle. In relation to the lack of learner plates, Mr Meagher said that Nolan had cleaned her car a few days before and had forgotten to replace the plates on the windows.
For no NCT, Nolan was fined €100; for no learner plates she was fined €100; and for being an unaccompanied driver she was also fined €100.
Also before the court was Carol Nolan, of Iona House, Emo, who was charged with exceeding the speed limit at the R419 Kilbride, Portarlington, on February 7.
The court heard she was travelling at 91km/h in an 80km zone.
Ms Nolan told Judge Staines she did not receive the fixed penalty notice and the first she knew of the offence was when the gardaí knocked on her door.
Judge Staines said she accepted what Ms Nolan said and told her if she donated €100 to charity the charge would be struck out.
Also appearing was Jason Crean, 54 Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, who drove without a licence or insurance on July 22, 2012. He was given 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.