Motorist in Kildare caught driving with tax 13 years out of date 1 month ago

Motorist in Kildare caught driving with tax 13 years out of date

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Gardaí in Kildare have impounded a car following the discovery that the tax on the vehicle was out of date by almost 13 years.

On Monday (17 February), a blue saloon-type vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint in Kill. Gardaí subsequently used the ACTIVE Mobility App, revealing that the tax was out of date by 4,676 days, or 12.8 years.

The unnamed driver will now face official proceedings.

The app, first trialed in December of 2017, allows members of An Garda Síochána to access driver and vehicle history while carrying out a roadside check.

"The device scans the registration plates and automatically returns relevant data," notes a Garda statement.

"The device can also scan a driving licence and automatically return real time information on the roadside to the Garda. This has proved successful in identifying false or forged driving licences and disqualified drivers.

"The Traffic App helps detect disqualified drivers, untaxed cars and stolen vehicles, all at the members’ fingertips. The Offences App provides offence details including penalty points and fines."

By January of 2020, 2,000 Gardaí attached to Roads Policing Units nationwide had been allocated a related device.