Hardship claim spares driver road ban

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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The managing director of a company which makes caps and hats has escaped a driving van.

Father of two Bryn Owen, 49, of Bunker Street, Freckleton, would have been banned under the totting up procedure following a speeding incident, Blackpool Magistrates Court heard.

But Owen argued in his application to the court that a driving ban would have caused himself,his family and his company severe hardship.

The application was accepted by the court.

Owen was instead fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £365 for speeding on Inner Promenade, St Annes in his Audi car.

Nigel Coupe, who was defending Owen, told the court that his client drove 65,000 miles a year and needed the use of his car.

Mr Coupe also said that Owen’s two sons relied on him driving and a ban would put at risk the 20 hatmaking jobs at his Manchester based firm.

Courts can impose bans if drivers receive 12 penalty points in a three year period.

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