4X4 seized by Gardai: Improper use of green diesel

Gardai seized a 4X4 and trailer yesterday (Saturday, July 29) after it emerged that the vehicle was using green diesel and the driver gave a “false name” – presumably in an attempt to avoid prosecution.

A tweet on the Garda Twitter page said: “A brush with the law: 4X4 and trailer worth €30,000 forfeited to state. Registered in false name to avoid prosecution. Using green diesel too.”

Lower-cost green diesel can only be used in limited circumstances by designated vehicles and equipment, such as tractors undertaking agricultural work.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging drivers to ensure they have the correct licence for the trailers they are towing.

Its comments follow a number of cases where drivers of 4X4 vehicles have been pulled over by Gardai for pulling trailers without the correct licence.

At the end of June, a driver of a Toyota Landcruiser was stopped in Co. Wexford while towing a trailer, according to a tweet on the official Twitter page for An Garda Siochana. The driver was said not to have a valid BE driving licence.

“If you have a category B driving licence to drive a vehicle – a car or jeep – you can tow a small trailer. If you want to tow a larger trailer, you must have category BE on your licence,” an RSA spokesperson said.

“On a category B licence, you can tow a trailer with a MAM – maximum authorised mass – of not greater than 750kg, and/or if the MAM of the trailer exceeds 750kg, the total combined MAM of the vehicle and trailer must not exceed 3,500kg.

As a general rule, your category B licence will not allow you to tow a horse box or a livestock trailer for bringing animals to the local mart.