Sunday 17 December 2017

Bike champion who drove car without insurance avoids ban

Gavin Carroll is an Irish national mountain bike champion
Gavin Carroll is an Irish national mountain bike champion

A semi-professional mountain bike champion caught driving without insurance has avoided a disqualification, as he needs his licence to get to competitions.

Gavin Carroll (24) had borrowed his father's car on the day in question because there was something wrong with his own vehicle.

Judge Patricia McNamara convicted and fined Carroll €300 but she did not ban him from driving.

The defendant, of Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham, admitted driving without insurance before Tallaght District Court.

The incident took place at Belgard Square West, in Tallaght, at 12.40pm on April 24 this year, when gardai stopped him driving a 1999-registered vehicle. The court heard that Carroll had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Carroll was insured to drive his own car.


Mr Tunney said there was something wrong with the defendant's vehicle and he had taken his father's car from the garage, as he was trying to get to work.

The solicitor said that Carroll describes himself as a semi-professional mountain biker.

He is an Irish national mountain bike champion, and he travels across Ireland and the UK taking part in competitions.

Mr Tunney handed in a number of stills of Carroll taking part in competitions to the judge.

The solicitor said Carroll is also a qualified bike mechanic, but is about to lose his job as the company he works for is closing down.

Mr Tunney asked the judge not to ban the defendant from driving, saying he needs his licence when he is travelling abroad.

He also said that Carroll co-operated fully with gardai and wished to apologise for his behaviour.

Fining Carroll €300, Judge McNamara accepted that Mr Tunney had put forward a special reason for the defendant to avoid a driving ban.

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