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A 21 year old driver has lost his appeal against his ban following his conviction for using a public car park “as a race track”.

Jason Maughan was disqualified last month for 6 months after clocking up 5 motoring convictions in the past 12 months.

Maughan lodged his appeal against his ban but despite the court being told that he will lose his job if the ban remains, His Honour Judge Peter Hughes QC upheld the original sentence.

Sitting on the appeal with 2 lay Magistrates, the Judge heard that at the time of sentence he already had 9 points on his licence from offences dating back to March and June 2015 and February 2016.

However, last month he appeared before the courts for sentencing on 2 further matters.

On 8 October 2015, he was seen speeding around a public car park off Bridge Lane, Penrith.

Around 2 weeks later he was caught speeding when he was driving at 53mph in a 30mph zone, close to Penrith Station.

At the original court hearing Maughan admitted to driving without due care and attention and speeding. An exceptional hardship argument was put before the presiding Judge, District Judge Chalk however, the Judge imposed the disqualification owing to the defendant’s driving record.

At the appeal hearing Maughan’s barrister put forward that losing his licence would have dire consequences. He submitted that Maughan “would lose his job immediately” as he would be able to continue working without a driving licence.

There would be a huge financial impact, and Mr Hoare told the hearing: “It is a case where the ripples of the disqualification may be felt by him well after the event.”

His barrister added: ““He knows it does him no credit at all. Utter stupidity, knowing his livelihood depended on his driving licence.

“He is 21. It is a hard lesson to learn.”

In refusing the appeal the court noted that Maughan had used the car park “as a race track” and then just days later was caught driving at a “wholly inappropriate” speed.

His Honour Judge Hughes stated “We regret that it may be the position, but Mr Maughan has brought this entirely on himself.”

Maughan was ordered to pay the £260 appeal hearing costs.

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