Man ‘faces ruin’ after driving ban is imposed

Drop Folder News / ATEX News.18/10/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Scarborough Magistrates Court.'104208b

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A SCARBOROUGH man faces losing his job and home after he was disqualified from driving.

Daniel Sixsmith, 26, of Morgan Street, admitted driving without insurance and using an insurance document with intent to deceive on June 29.

He argued that losing his licence would cause him exceptional hardship, however, his claim was rejected by magistrates and he was banned for six months.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was travelling on Marine Drive and was stopped.

“A check was carried out which revealed that no insurance was held for the vehicle. The defendant claimed he was insured.”

The court heard that a letter from Sixsmith’s insurers had been sent out on June 8 stating that the policy would be cancelled if a payment of £2,195 was not paid within 10 days.

He told the court that he did not have the money to pay the bill at the time but insisted he had believed he was insured when he committed the offences.

Sixsmith, an industrial roofer, pleaded with magistrates to allow him to keep his licence, saying he would “lose everything I have got”.

He added: “I travel to and from sites all over the country. I’ve got to get stuff for jobs and collect other employees.

“If I am disqualified I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay rent or run my van. I would lose most of the things I have.”

But Scarborough magistrates were not swayed by Sixsmith’s pleas.

Chairman of the bench Paul Dineen said: “We do not consider that you would suffer hardship over and above a normal person.

“You have no dependants or children and no track record with your employer. This is the second offence of driving without insurance within two-and-a-half years.”

For driving without insurance, eight penalty points were added to Sixsmith’s licence, he was fined £200 and was told to pay £45 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

For using an insurance document with intent to deceive, Sixsmith was fined an additional £50.