A man who contested a summons on the grounds that he was only the owner of a taxi that was found obstructing traffic on Park Street in Dundalk, was told at the local district court last week that that is no defence in the case.
Cornelius O’Donoghue with an address at New Park, Lucan told the court he owns 11 taxis but doesn’t drive them and rents them out.
He argued he should have been able to nominate the driver responsible, as happens for speeding offences.
Judge Flann Brennan told him “I don’t doubt you for a moment – but the offence is being the owner of a vehicle that was causing an obstruction.
He told the defendant that under the law he was responsible.
The judge added on this occasion he would give him a chance and find the facts proven and dismiss the case.
He told the defendant “Forget about this sense of feeling wronged – you’re liable as the owner. You’d want to put these people on notice that they can’t park their vehicles there.”
The judge added “It’s got nothing to do with driving it’s to do with ownership. For future reference you area liable. I’m telling you you’re wrong.”
He concluded by saying “That’s not the advice of a lawyer – that’s from a judge. That’s much better.”