Limerick gardai stop silage harvester for no road tax

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

AN AGRICULTURAL contractor is “still significantly in profit” said a judge after not paying road tax on his silage harvester for 10 years.

AN AGRICULTURAL contractor is “still significantly in profit” said a judge after not paying road tax on his silage harvester for 10 years.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly told Thomas Relihan, of Kilpeacon Contracting, Crecora, he was “lucky you got away with it for so long”.

Garda Patrick Cahill told Limerick Court that he stopped the harvester on June 11 at the Condell Road.

Speaking from the public gallery, Mr Relihan said the silage harvester works in a field most of the time.

“It is inside a shed 11 months a year. It’s only picking up silage once a month.

“It’s just going from pillar to post,” said Mr Relihan.

Garda Cahill said the harvester hadn’t been taxed since 2003.

The court heard that it cost €88 a year to tax the vehicle.

“You never taxed it since you bought it 10 years,” asked Judge O’Kelly.

“No,” replied Mr Relihan.

“You were lucky you got away with it for so long,” said Judge O’Kelly.

He fined Kilpeacon Contracting €250 for no road tax.

“It doesn’t matter that you only have it on the road one month a year. You are still significantly in profit,” said Judge O’Kelly.