Gardaí seize two cars as ‘phone a friend’ goes badly wrong

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Gardaí seize two cars as ‘phone a friend’ goes badly wrong

Gardaí seize two cars as ‘phone a friend’ goes badly wrong


A man got more than he bargained for when he went to pick up his stranded friend in Co Louth on Monday morning.

Previously, Gardaí in Dundalk had seized a car after they discovered the driver had no insurance.

When the driver found that he was then in need of a lift, he phoned his friend to come and collect him.

Low and behold, when his friend turned up in another car it too was checked by the same gardaí. That driver was also found to be uninsured and it too was seized.

The Garda Twitter account couldn't resist poking fun at the situation, saying: “Dundalk Road Policing Unit: First car stopped and seized for no insurance.

Gardaí seize two cars as ‘phone a friend’ goes badly wrong

There are an estimated 150,000 uninsured cars on the roads in the Republic; the figures having doubled in the last years.

Last month, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland said the number of collision claims arising out of crashes by drivers in uninsured or untraced vehicles had increased by almost 10 per cent in the last two years.

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland was set up in 1955 to compensate the road traffic accident victims caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles. It is funded by the insurance companies.

It pays out annually between €55 million and €60 million and the average cost per claim is €55,364.

The bureau’s figures show a total of 2,758 claims were received in 2017. This is 2 per cent down on the figure of 2,802 claims made in 2016, but up almost 10 per cent on the 2,516 claims made in 2015.









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