Banned driver changed plate to fool camera

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A banned driver put a number plate from another vehicle on his own van so it would not register with police as having no insurance.

Alun Hayman was arrested after a police officer who knew he was disqualified saw him driving in Fleetwood.

Hayman, 41, of Leven Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving while banned without insurance and fraudulently using a registration number.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by District Judge Jim Clarke sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Don Green, prosecuting, said a police officer who knew Hayman had been disqualified from driving for three years in June last year for his second offence of driving while unfit through drugs, saw him behind the wheel on January 3 at 4pm.

He was reversing a VW Caddy van into his driveway. The officer found the front number plate on the van did not belong to it and Hayman admitted putting it on to prevent any cameras activating.

Tony Slater, defending, said it was Hayman’s third offence of disqualified driving and his second offence of driving while unfit through drugs.

Hayman had bought the van because he intended setting up in business.

He had been working on it and took it for a short test drive, the court was told