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Trailer with ‘major defects’ seized by Gardaí in Mayo

The driver of a vehicle towing a trailer with “major defects which could cause serious injuries” has had both the vehicle and trailer seized by Gardaí.

Members of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit last weekend stopped the vehicle and trailer in question, only to discover the serious defects, which Gardaí say included no flooring, no braking system, no lights, two ripped tyres, and a jockey wheel held up by a rope.

A court prosecution is to follow for the driver, Gardaí add.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) states that by law, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle and trailer meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times.

It also says if you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk. You also risk prosecution.

If you are convicted of the offence of driving with dangerous tyres, you could be fined up to €2,500, or receive a 3-month prison sentence, or both.

You will also have five penalty points on your licence on conviction.