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Wheely? Truck driver who claimed he 'did not know' he had 12 penalty points avoids driving ban

Oliver Boylan (31) gave gardaí a UK driving licence, but they discovered he had an Irish licence with 12 penalty points on it

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Oliver Boylan was fined €700 but not banned from driving

Oliver Boylan was fined €700 but not banned from driving

Oliver Boylan was fined €700 but not banned from driving

A truck driver who was banned from driving after he accumulated 12 penalty points has begged a judge not to impose a further ban. 

Oliver Boylan (31) gave gardaí a UK driving licence after he was involved in a minor traffic collision, but they discovered he had an Irish licence with 12 penalty points on it.

Judge John Brennan said Boylan was clearly a hard-working young man who hopefully had learnt his lesson.

The judge fined Boylan €700, but did not disqualify him from driving.

The defendant, of Bettyville, Ballyboughal, Co Dublin, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence on the M1 northbound at Swords on July 20, 2021.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told Swords District Court that gardaí were called to a road traffic collision at 1.30pm, involving a car and an articulated truck, which was driven by the defendant.

They spoke to Boylan, who produced a UK driving licence.

Sgt McGarrity said officers discovered Boylan had an Irish driving licence, but he was disqualified from driving at the time after he accumulated 12 penalty points.

The court heard Boylan had three previous convictions, all for public order matters.

Defence solicitor John Hennessy said Boylan, a father of two, had been involved in a minor accident, where his truck hit the rear of a car.

There was no damage, he said.

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Boylan had accumulated the penalty points due to a dispute over parking outside his own property, the solicitor said.

The defendant believed he had accumulated nine penalty points, not 12, Mr Hennessy added, and he had insurance and a driving licence, but both were invalidated due to the 12 penalty points.

Mr Hennessy asked the judge not to disqualify Boylan from driving, saying he was the main provider for his young family, and he needed his licence for his job. 

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