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White van man sees red over new laws

A van driver yesterday launched the first stage of his campaign against restrictive laws for commercial vehicle owners.

Painter-decorator Tom Fitzgerald (left) painted a large red 'X' on the side of his van for his protest drive from Limerick to Cork, where he delivered a letter seeking an amnesty on the legislation to the offices of Green Party senator Dan Boyle.

The 49-year-old, from Askeaton, Co Limerick, admits he uses his commercial-registered van for a couple of hours a week for private purpose.

According to a recent get-tough circular issued to local authorities, commercial vehicles should "not be used for social, domestic or pleasure purposes".

Irish Independent