Limerick District Court
AN elderly Limerick bus driver who has admitted he does not hold a PSV licence has been disqualified for two years.
Thomas Murphy, aged 76, of Lyradane Avenue, Woodview Park pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to several charges relating to an incident on April 19, last.
Garda Brian Duddy of the divisional traffic corps told Limerick District Court he observed the defendant “dropping off students” outside Mary Immaculate College at around 2.40pm.
He said when he approached Mr Murphy he informed him he did not have a PSV licence.
It was subsequently established that the defendant was not insured to carry passengers in his minibus because he did not have the appropriate licence.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told the bus, which was seized by Garda Duddy had a capacity of 16 passengers. It was not taxed on the date of the offence.
Solicitor Kate Fanning said her client, who is unemployed, applied for a PSV licence in the past but failed the test as he found it “very difficult”.
She said while the vehicle was insured, the pensioner now accepts it did not cover the transporting of passengers.
Judge O’Leary reacted with shock when informed the defendant had been driving passengers in his minibus for up to three years prior to the date of the offence.
“It’s just too dangerous what he did,” she commented.
The judge fined Mr Murphy €250 and she disqualified him from driving for two years.
She fined him €150 for not having a PSV licence and a further €150 for not having Motor Tax on the vehicle.