Man banned for mobility car use

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A SCARBOROUGH man has been fined and banned from driving after he was caught driving his mother’s mobility car without a licence or insurance.

Johnathan Peter Turner, 34, of Blenheim Terrace, had admitted the offences at a previous hearing but was arrested and taken into custody after failing to appear on January 20 and February 3.

Shaun Greenan, mitigating, told the court that Turner had been ill on the first occasion and had not received notification of the second date.

Magistrates heard how the defendant had been stopped by police on Valley Road at 8.40pm on October 4.

Mr Greenan said Turner had gone to help his mother after her mobility car ran out of petrol.

He said: “He arranged for a taxi to get her home, put petrol in the car and had only driven it a couple of yards before he was stopped.”

Mr Greenan added that Turner had saved £400 to apply for a licence and buy insurance, but had ended up spending it on recovery fees and repairs to his mother’s car.

The defendant was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £100. He was also ordered to pay £45 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.