ANGER was expressed by parents after a vehicle that was to bring their children to a homework club was seized by gardai.
The children were left standing outside a Dublin school with the driver as gardai removed the vehicle.
The owner of the homework club said a garda told the driver he was not satisfied the seven-seater vehicle was properly insured to transport the children. But the gardai could have confirmed the vehicle was insured for carrying the children with a simple call to the insurance company, she claimed.
"Instead, these children were left with no transport as the school was closing. Parents have expressed their anger about what happened as this needlessly affected their children," said the woman who runs the club.
"I am making a formal complaint to the gardai and am seeking assurance that this does not happen again," she said.
The incident happened outside a primary school in Finglas on Wednesday as the driver waited for the children to leave the school.
The homework club manager said she had to make alternative arrangements to bring the children from the school to the club on that afternoon.
The woman said the vehicle is owned by the driver who is employed to drive the children from the school to the club.
The club had paid for insurance for him to be able to transport the children, she said.
On Wednesday, a garda noticed the car tax had expired on the vehicle and informed the driver he had seven days to show the car was backtaxed.
But when the garda examined the insurance certificate, he was not satisfied there was proof the car had sufficient insurance to transport the children.
She claimed the driver had invited the garda to verify he was adequately insured by calling his employer or the insurance firm. She said the garda went to her later and she also explained the vehicle was insured to transport the children. The driver later paid ¿125 to get his car out of an official pound in Donabate, she said.