Saturday 20 December 2014

Case studies: Missed penalties

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

The Garda Inspectorate Report details sample cases in which cancellations of fixed-charge notices were not justified:

Case A

Who got off: Rank-and-file garda

What happened: Caught speeding on four occasions between 2007-2011; no display of tax disc

Response: Reasons given by the officer included driving to a colleague's house because their alarm went off, and being asked to work at a summer festival.

Case B

Who got off? Taxi driver

What happened: Committed five driving and parking offences in 2010-2011

Response: It was found that the fixed charged notices were all cancelled by a superintendent outside the district where the offences took place.

Case C

Who got off? Garda Sergeant

What happened? Caught speeding on four occasions between 2007-2012

Response: On one occasion, the sergeant claimed that he was asked to return to the garda station to give back a set of keys he inadvertently took home.

Irish Independent

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