Forged HGV licence costs £1,000 in fines
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AN IRISH truck driver caught driving on a forged Irish HGV driving licence has been lined £1,000 after spending two nights in the cells before being dealt with by Leyland Magistrates.
Co Cavan-based Charlie Smith pleaded guilty to falsifying a tachograph record, taking insufficient daily rest, driving without the appropriate driving licence, the forgery of a driving licence, using a forged licence with intent to deceive and using a vehicle without insurance.
The court was told Smith had been driving a vehicle belonging to Relaghbeg Transport, of Co Cavan, when it was stopped on the M6 Motorway at Chorley. At the time he was stopped he was using a switch wired above the windscreen to interfere with the tachograph so that it recorded rest whilst he was driving.
Enquiries revealed Smith was not licensed and was in possession of a forged driving licence.
Smith was arrested and when interviewed at Leyland Police Station admitted buying the forged licence at a market in Cavan for £30.
Magistrates fined Smith a total of £1,000 and endorsed his ordinary driving licence with six penalty points.
His case follows that of another Irish driver, John Moylan, who was caught driving in Northern Ireland with a false Republic of Ireland driving licence. He was given a four month prison sentence,suspended for 15 months, fined a total of 000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months by Larne Magistrates Court.
Moylan, of Tipperary, had been driving for McGeown Haulage, of Co Armagh.
Resident magistrate Robert Alcorn fined Moylan £200 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months for having no HGV driving licence: fined him £500 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months for having no insurance; and sentenced him to four months' imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, for using a fraudulent driving licence.