A Killarney coach company has been convicted of 10 charges relating to tachograph records and the organisation of driver’s time.
Kerry Coaches Ltd of Woodlands Industrial Estate, Killarney originally faced 22 summonses from the Road Safety Authority.
Road Safety Authority officer Jim Fleming told Killarney District Court that in one period in 2013, a driver had worked for 44 consecutive days without the legally required rest period and another driver had work 27 days again without the required rest period.
Solicitor Eoin Brosnan said Kerry Coaches has a clean record and the laws in relation to drivers are more applicable to heavy goods vehicles.
He said most of Kerry Coaches journeys involve golf tours where drivers wait for long periods between dropping off customers and collecting them and this would be treated as a full days work.
He said the laws are difficult to comply with and the company is to meet with the Transport Minister to discuss them.
The penalties on each charge were up to €5000.
Judge James O’Connor fined the company €450 on two summonses, taking the other eight counts into consideration.