Limerick pub’s courtesy car caught speeding but fine delayed due to postman’s heart attack

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

The unusual speeding case came before Kilmallock Court

The unusual speeding case came before Kilmallock Court

AN UNUSUAL speeding case involving the mystery driver of a pub’s courtesy car and a delay in receiving the fine due to a postman’s heart attack came before Kilmallock Court.

A Go Safe operator said a vehicle, registered to Matt Rea, of the Stroller Pub, Ballyneety, was driven at a speed of 132kms in a 100km zone on the N24 on July 14, 2017.

Mr Rea took the stand and said the car has open driving pub insurance so that anybody aged between 25 and 70 can drive it.

“It is used to take people home. I wasn’t driving. Customers and staff use the car. They drive people home on my behalf. It works for us. We’re in a country area,” said Mr Rea.

He told Judge Marian O’Leary that the fine in the post was late in coming.

“Our postman had a heart attack and we got a relief postman,” said Mr Rea.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy put it to Mr Rea that it is his responsibility to know who is driving the car.

“I don’t keep a log. I have insurance. If we got the fine on time we could have figured it out. It is very important to get people home safely,” said Mr Rea.

Sgt Leahy said: “You need to know who is driving the car.”

Mr Rea said he knew whoever was driving was covered by insurance.

“If I could tell you who is driving the car I would. From now on I will keep a log,” said Mr Rea.

Judge Marian O’Leary said anybody might be entitled to drive the car but they aren’t entitled to speed.

The judge asked about customers driving the car.

Mr Rea said customers who had just come into the pub could drop somebody home.

Sgt Leahy said it his responsibility to know who is driving the vehicle so matters like this won’t arise.

“The most important thing is that people get home safe,” said Mr Rea.

Judge O’Leary said: “Exactly. They were speeding. On this occasion I will strike it out but if you come before me again I won’t be.”