Tractor driver fined for going on to motorway at Ballymena

Tractor driver fined for going on to motorway at Ballymena

A TRACTOR driver taking machinery to Randalstown has been fined for driving on the M2 motorway at Ballymena.

Adrian McAleese (44), of Donaghbrook Avenue, was spotted by police who were going in the opposite direction on May 31 this year.

Police turned at the next opportunity and followed the Massey Ferguson 6170 which was pulling a trailer.

The vehicle was also uninsured.

She said the defendant initially thought the tractor, which had been sitting in his father's shed for some time, was insured but "after further discussions he realised it wasn't".

The lawyer said the defendant had been asked by a friend to move a piece of machinery to Randalstown.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, Deputy District Judge Greg McCourt said: "Driving a tractor on a motorway is dangerous enough in the sense of the slow speed of the tractor, dangerous given the limited speed".

The defendant was given six penalty points and fined £250 for the insurance matter and a £200 fine for the motorway offence.