Ban lifted for taxi driver who ran down passenger

David Ryan (59) ‘snapped’ after passenger attempted to flee without paying fare

David Ryan’s lawyers  asked the court to reinstate his driving licence as he needed it for his work as a rural publican in Cappaghwhite, Co Tipperary

David Ryan’s lawyers asked the court to reinstate his driving licence as he needed it for his work as a rural publican in Cappaghwhite, Co Tipperary

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A taxi driver who “snapped” and ran down a passenger that ran away without paying the fare has had his four-year driving ban lifted.

David Ryan (59) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to the passenger at Carysfort Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin, on April 7th, 2011.

In July 2014, Judge Patricia Ryan suspended a prison sentence of three years and banned him from driving for four years.

Lawyers for Ryan on Tuesday asked the court to reinstate his driving licence as he needed it for his work as a rural publican in Cappaghwhite, Co Tipperary.

Judge Ryan agreed to lift the ban after noting Ryan requires the car for his occupation and has not come to any adverse Garda attention since the conviction.

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