TD insists truck borrowed from protest against Dáil is “fully insured”
A TD who drove a truck into the Dáil compound during a protest action said he did not even own the vehicle.
The independent MP said the truck is insured, although the disc is not visible.
The MAN tractor was parked outside Leinster House as part of yesterday’s unofficial demonstration by drivers who blocked the city of Dublin.
It is an offense not to have insurance, as is failure to display a valid insurance disc on a vehicle.
Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue had parked the truck in government buildings for the past two days. The MP for Limerick – who is a builder, not a transporter – said on Tuesday that the truck was his own.
“I drove my truck through Dublin and Leinster House today to protest the government’s failure to respond to the fuel crisis,” he said, urging truckers to “come out and protest”.
The valid and up-to-date fiscal disc and the Commercial Vehicle Technical Control Disc (CVRT) are visible on the dashboard. The CVRT is the equivalent of an NCT for large vehicles.
It is a technical check for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances and confirms that a vehicle meets basic safety standards.
Mr O’Donoghue said the truck, which he loaned, was insured.
“As my regular truck is currently in service, it is a fully insured replacement truck and the insurance disc was displayed on the dashboard,” he said.
His arrival at Leinster House with a truck caused some surprise.
He later explained that he was there to support the protest against rising fuel costs.
The Oireachtas previously banned the display of party logos, campaign brands or protest paraphernalia. However, parking the truck did not violate any of these rules.
A spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas said: “Members are permitted to park once they do not restrict access to emergency vehicles and in accordance with health and safety requirements.”
There is no evidence that the affected truck is not insured.
However, visual checks and photos failed to show an insurance record on the screen.
Uninsured driving offenses are prosecuted.
Failure to present an insurance disc entails a fixed price of € 60.
If you drive uninsured, you could be fined up to € 5,000 and receive five penalty points.
Offenders can also be sent to prison for a period of up to six months.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the fuel cost crisis was due to the global rise in energy prices.
He said the problem was not unique to Ireland.
Mr. Martin told Dáil
the diesel rebate system already offers partial relief to carriers.
He said he opposed carbon tax increases, saying it was a small cost overall.
Carbon taxes were the right thing to do, if not the popular thing, he added.