Fined over driving licence ‘lost in the post’

Peter Owens
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A MAN has appeared in court for driving his mobility car with an expired licence.

Peter Owens was stopped by police driving the Vauxhall Zafira mobility car in Brenda Road, Hartlepool.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told justices: “Officers made inquiries about the driver of the vehicle and checks showed the defendant had an expired licence.”

The 41-year-old – who has appeared in the Mail several times over the years for his health or benefits issues – represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to driving a car otherwise than in accordance with a licence on October 12.

He claimed he did not get his licence returned from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when he sent it away to have points added.

He said: “I don’t know where my licence is. It’s not with me or with the DVLA, so it must be down to the post.

“It’s an error on my part but when I got insurance on my mobility car they never flagged anything up that I had to renew my licence or anything.”

He added: “It’s been a nightmare lately. Social security are saying because I look after my wife and I drive then I’m not eligible for my Disability Living Allowance (DLA). There’s a big appeal going on and until that’s sorted we’re living off my mobility.

“My mobility car has been taken off me as well and I’m lost without my car because I can’t walk very well.

“I’ve been let down by the system.”

Chairman of the bench Peter Bowes fined Owens, of Holt Street, Hartlepool, £30, ordered him to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, to which the defendant replied: “That’s fair.”