Man admits to driving without a licence for 40 years

A man was reportedly stopped by motorway police in an area of Birmingham on 17 October 2013. It emerged that he was unlicensed and uninsured to drive.

His vehicle was impounded and the police said the case would ‘proceed to the courts’. It is unclear whether the man had ever passed his driving test.

The BBC News report can be seen here.

Offences and penalties

Under Road Traffic Act 1988 s 143 it is an offence to use a motor vehicle without insurance. The offence is summary only (triable in the Magistrates’ Courts only) and has a maximum sentence of £5,000 fine. The court also has the power to disqualify drivers who have committed this offence and can put 6-8 penalty points on someone’s licence.

Under Road Traffic Act 1988 s 87(1) it is an offence to drive otherwise than in accordance with a licence. . The offence is summary only (triable in the Magistrates’ Courts only) and has a maximum sentence of a £1,000 fine. The court can impose 3-6 penalty points and disqualify the driver. It is an aggravating factor if the driver has not ever held a licence.

We’ll update the story if/when we learn of more details.

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