Driver hit with fine for no insurance

A DRIVER who had no insurance and only an expired provisional licence has been fined after being caught behind the wheel of a van.

Patrick Walsh, 60, of Braeburn in Eastfield, faced the two charges at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

He did not attend the hearing, instead choosing to plead guilty by post.

Prosecuting Sam Rogers told the court Walsh had been seen by a police officer driving a white Ford Escort van in Cayton Low Road on July 30.

The officer checked the vehicle against records, which revealed only a female was insured to drive the vehicle.

Walsh was stopped outside his home by the officer, and admitted driving without insurance.

He stated he had a provisional licence and admitted driving without L plates an no supervision.

However, according to Mrs Rogers, records later revealed his provisional licence had expired in 2006.

Magistrates also heard Walsh had two offences of drink driving on his record.

After hearing the evidence magistrates issued Walsh with seven penalty points.

He was fined £255 for no insurance, and further £70 for driving other than in accordance with a licence.

Walsh was also ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge and £45 costs.