Unlicensed driver’s ban from roads

Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A MAN who does not have a driving licence has been banned from the roads by magistrates.

Lawrence Crossling was stopped by police driving a red Transit Connect vehicle in Winterbottom Avenue, West View, Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that the police officer asked to check the 30-year-old’s driving licence, insurance and test documents but he said he was unable to produce them at that time. Prosecuting Rachel Dodsworth said: “The officer then carried out a check on the vehicle on the Police National Computer and it was confirmed that he had no insurance for the vehicle. Crossling also had no driving licence and the vehicle was displaying no ‘L’ plates and he was not being supervised. He then refused to be interviewed regarding the matters.”

She added “Records show that he is a non-licence holder and has six points on his licence for driving without insurance from June last year. Therefore, although he has no licence he will be made subject to a totting up ban today.”

Crossling, of Sharp Crescent, West View, Hartlepool, was charged with driving without a licence and insurance on June 21. The matters were proved in his absence on Monday when he was due to attend court. He also pleaded guilty to failing to attend.

Chairman of the bench Barbara Sutherland added six points to his licence disqualifying him under the totting procedure, and banned him from driving for six months. He was fined £165, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge