A man who committed seven driving offences between June and August last year, and was even clocked doing speeds of 109mph on the motorway, has been allowed to keep his licence after claiming that he would lose his job and be unable to repay debts if he was disqualified. The magistrates did tell him that if he was caught committing any more driving offences then he would be disqualified, but the news is sure to anger motorists and safety groups.
The police have encouraged members of the public to let them know if they are concerned about the offender’s driving and they have said that they can use cameras, other technology, and old fashioned policing in order to help them catch people that are flouting the law. However, many will question what the point in catching people speeding is, if the penalty points system does not apply.
Under the current rules, accruing a total of 12 points or more during any three year period, typically means an automatic disqualification. However, if the driver is able to show that they would suffer exceptional hardship as a result of the ban, then they are entitled to keep their licence and carry on driving. Points will still be added to their licence, which means that insurance will be much more difficult to come by and premiums will rise.
50 year old construction worker Alex McFarlane was caught on speed cameras seven times between June and August last year. This included speeding at 109mph on a stretch of motorway, another incident where he was caught doing over 80mph in a 50mph zone, and in one case where a friend was photographed hanging out of the window of the car and waving at the speed camera.
Mr McFarlane received 6 points for each of the offences, meaning that he amassed a staggering 42 points, but the court heard how he had suffered a nervous breakdown at the time, and were also told that he would lose his job and be unable to repay debts if he were to lose his licence. McFarlane was also ordered to pay just over £1,000 in court costs and fines.
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