I agree guards should lead by example it is only right, I would hot disagree with you on that.. I however wouldn't slate a fella for having bald tyres.. How often do you check yours to be fair.. It is often a simple oversight and 99% of the time I would think gardai would use discretion in this case, point out the defect and give a person the opportunity to remedy it.. In the vast majority of cases people only realise there is a problem when it is pointed out by a guard.. Should these people be summonsed to court on each and every occasion, do you think this would do much for the publics relationship with the gardai? There are enough people out there that share your view of the guards without adding to the problem.. What happens When for example if Garda x was investigating a serious incident and carrying out local enquiries and knocks on the door of a fella he has previously summonsed to court for something such as a bald tyre, something which a person may not have been aware of, does this person go out of his way to help the guard by giving him any information he has or does he think to himself 'here's this d@€k head I won't be telling him anything'.
Things are not always black and white.. As for the tax on the car, I don't know the full facts of the case, it could also be the case that the said car was taxed and the new disk either not received or not put in the window.. Discretion is also widely used in this instance also.. In this case the guard was summonsed to court and heavily fined, if this was joe public a ticket could hav been issued and no court appearance.. Just because you don't like gardai does not mean this fella should lose his job, you are however entitled to your opinion.. I'm not going to change that.. Rant over
In regard to the bald tyres, a Garda should know if a tyre is defective or not, In any case, most people get their car serviced annually so you'd be getting a heads up then.
Plus I don't agree with you about the discretion. I doubt if discretion can be shown in any serious RTA, no matter who you are. I can't see how it can be.