Grantham court: Designated driver only had provisional licence

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A man who drove his partner’s car without a licence or insurance because he was the only sober one in a group has appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court.

On April 11 at 10.30pm, Gary Smith, 53, of Shakespeare Avenue, Grantham, was stopped by police in Gonerby Road.

The unemployed groundworker was driving the Vauxhall Zafira motability vehicle which belonged to his partner, despite only having a provisional licence and not being insured to drive the car.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka explained how police initally thought that Smith had been driving while disqualified, but that this charge had since been dropped and he appeared at Grantham magistrates’ charged with one count of driving without a licence and one count of driving without insurance.

Giles Tyas, defending, detailed how Smith was a provisional driving licence holder and on the night in question he had been with a group of people drinking in a pub and everyone else was too intoxicated to drive home.

Mr Tyas said his client took the view that he should drive home, but now realised that this was a mistake.

For the two offences Smith received an endorsement of six penalty points on his licence, fines totalling £145, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25.