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Driver caught at 123mph avoids disqualification

Laura Newton, specialist motoring solicitor, represented a driver who appeared before Bridlington Magistrates’ Court, having pleaded guilty to speeding at 123mph. The prosecution began by Single Justice Procedure Notice, but the Court had required the driver’s attendance as it was considering a disqualification. At this speed, the Sentencing Court Guidelines indicate that a substantial disqualification should be considered. The Magistrates advised at the hearing that they would have imposed a six month ban if the mitigation had not been explained. Ms Newton was able to explain the driver’s circumstances and his reliance on his Licence for work and family commitments. The took a step back from disqualification and instead imposed 6 points and a moderate fine.

The Driver is also a HGV driver, and after representations to the Traffic Commissioner it was decided that no Driver Conduct Hearing was needed and no action was taken against the Licence despite the conviction recorded.

Case Details

Case Name: Driver caught at 123mph avoids disqualification
Case Date: April 2021
Case Type (info): Magistrates Court, Speeding, Disqualification

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