Tractor drawing trailer seized following Garda stop in Meath

A tractor which was drawing a dumper trailer was seized by members of An Garda Síochána after being stopped by Meath Roads Policing Unit.

The tractor-trailer combination was stopped by Gardaí for using a phone while driving, local Gardaí explained.

It subsequently transpired that the tractor’s tax had expired 2,193 days ago – amounting to some six years of unpaid tax.

Taking to social media this morning, An Garda Síochána’s Twitter page explained:

“Meath Roads Policing Unit stopped this driver for using their phone whilst driving.

“Using the [An Garda Síochána] Mobility App it was found that their tax had expired six years ago. The vehicle was seized,” the Garda tweet said.

According to VRT Ireland, the annual tax for a general haulage tractor is €333, while tax for an agricultural tractor is less than a third of this, at €102 per year.

Either way, taking a fine and impound fee into consideration, the owner would face a costly bill to get the tractor back.