Leinsterleader.ie has reported that a Garda, a defence solicitor and Judge said that a cyclist was not wearing the “correct gear” in a case where a taxi driver was convicted for careless driving.
The date and time of the collision was give as November 20, 2016 just before 5.30am and it was reported to be foggy at the time. The time was within the legal light up hours where bicycle lights must be used but no reference to lights were made in the court report.
Unlike lights, there is no legal requirement to wear any type of high-visibility gear in Ireland. Although there is much confusion about this — IrishCycle.com has received reports from members of the public over years of Garda officers claiming that high-visibility is mandatory when this is not the case.
The Lenister Leader reported that Garda Sgt Jim Kelly said that the cyclist may not have been wearing the proper gear and this was then used by Matthew Byrne, solicitor for the defendant, and then Judge Staunton made reference to the same issue.