A Waterford man is being prosecuted for permitting his friend to drive his vehicle without insurance.
It is reported that Waterford RPU discovered the vehicle was on the road with an uninsured driver during a routine checkpoint in the city.
Waterford RPU recently operated a checkpoint in Waterford City.
The owner of this vehicle allowed his friend, who was not insured, to drive it.
The vehicle has been seized, and both the driver and the owner will be brought to court for driving without insurance. pic.twitter.com/1BNIbRFLvc
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The unit established the driver of the vehicle at the time was not the owner, and the driver was illegally using the vehicle without motor insurance.
Under current legislation, the owner of a vehicle may be guilty of an offence where they allow another person to drive without insurance.
Where the person charged is the owner, a suitable defence can be to offer proof they did not consent to the vehicle being used.
It is advised to never lend your car to a friend or relative without confirming proof of insurance.
Previous research by Churchill Insurance showed that 5 million UK car owners had lent their car to someone who wasn't named on their insurance policy over a 12 month period.