Card-Pulling Driver Avoids Heavy Fine and Costs
Barrister Helen Newbold represented this HGV driver in the Magistrate’s court. He had been charged with an offence involving ‘pulling’ his digital drivers’ card.
The driver pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to knowingly removing his card. The offence carries a penalty of a level 5 (unlimited) fine in the Magistrates’ Court. The Magistrates dealt with the matter by way of a very modest fine
Helen Newbold also asked the court to consider proportionality in respect of the prosecution costs. After some deliberation the court exercised its discretion and significantly reduced the costs demanded by the DVSA.
After the hearing the driver and his family thanked Helen stating; “ Your handling of the proceedings was very much appreciated, keeping us informed and supported”.
Case DetailsCase Name: Card-Pulling Driver Avoids Heavy Fine and Costs
Case Date: August 2018
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