A MAN with six convictions for no road tax has been ordered to make a donation to charity to have his driving ban lifted, with Judge Anthony Hunt describing the man’s history of road offences as “a nonsense”.
Martin Patrick Shortall was previously fined €300 and disqualified from driving for one year, having been found guilty of having no tax on his vehicle on January 8. It was Shortall’s sixth conviction for this offence.
Taking the stand at the recent Circuit Court, Shortall, led by solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher, told Judge Hunt that his parents are seriously ill and he has to regularly travel to bring them meals. Shortall also explained that he suffers with arthritis himself and has been hospitalised a lot.
Mr Meagher told the court that his client’s health difficulties had affected his getting the car taxed, but since then he has put matters in hand.
“It was a genuine case, due to significant health difficulties,” Mr Meagher said.
“Is that to be said about the five previous?” asked Judge Hunt.
“The health difficulties go back some time, but matters are now regularised,” replied Mr Meagher.
Judge Hunt said it was nonsense for someone who needs his car for work and family requirements not to have the vehicle taxed.
“Somebody’s got to pay for the roads,” the judge remarked. Judge Hunt ordered Shortall to donate €400 to the local St Vincent de Paul and his driving disqualification will be lifted.
“It is a nonsense to have six previous convictions,” said the judge.