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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man fined €350 for driving on bald tyres

John Scott (36), of Mourne Park, Skerries, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to having two excessively worn front tyres on his car at Selskar Road, Skerries, last October 31
John Scott (36), of Mourne Park, Skerries, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to having two excessively worn front tyres on his car at Selskar Road, Skerries, last October 31

A man who was on his way to buy new tyres has been convicted and fined for having two bald ones on his car.

John Scott (36), of Mourne Park, Skerries, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to having two excessively worn front tyres on his car at Selskar Road, Skerries, last October 31.

A charge of dangerous driving was withdrawn by the State.

Gda Maurice Cunningham gave evidence that while he was attending a road traffic incident he examined the tyres on Scott's car.

He said the two front tyres were below the legal thread depth and were "virtually bald".

He said Scott had been involved in one previous road traffic incident in to 1999.

Ironic

Gda Aidan Quinn, a Public Service Vehicle Inspector, said that while the tyres were bald, this had no bearing on Scott's ability to drive the car in a safe manner as the road was dry.

Scott's solicitor said his client was travelling to Blake's Cross to get new tyres, and Gda Cunningham agreed he was aware of this.

"He knew the tyres were bald and was on his way to get new tyres, which is ironic," said the solicitor.

Judge Patricia McNamara convicted and fined Scott a total of €350 for the two bald tyres.

She fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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