Farmer fined for changing insurance disc details with black marker
A Donegal farmer was recently up in court for using a black marker to change the insurance details on his tractor.
Gardai noticed the offence after the farmer was involved in a minor road accident in September of last year.
Donegal Daily reports that in Letterkenny District Court late last month, Garda Inspector Barry Doyle that the insurance disc on Mr Jenkins’ 1977 tractor and that the date had been changed from 2016 to 2017.
When interviewed by Gardai, 73 year old farmer Robert Jenkins of Mondooey, Manorcunningham, admitted the charge.
Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donagh Cleary, said his client had limited literacy.
He said that he had every opportunity to remove the falsified insurance disc at the scene of the accident at Mongorry, Raphoe, before Gardai arrived but did not do so.
He said he had been called to reapply for his license but because he could not complete the theory test, he could not get his license and was unable to renew his insurance.
He added that Mr Jenkins had been driving for almost 60 years, has a small farm but can no longer drive.