South Tyneside takeaway driver banned after being caught driving without insurance twice in less than a month

A South Tyneside takeaway driver has been banned from the roads after police caught him driving without insurance twice in less than a month.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 12:57 pm

Mubinar Rahman, 24, of Henry Nelson Street, South Shields, also incurred fines and court costs totalling £535 when sentenced by magistrates.

At South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, they heard he was seen behind the wheel of different VW vehicles on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, May 21, in South Shields.

For the first offence, in Prince Edward Road, prosecutor Stephen Davies said: “At 11am, officers on patrol see a Volkswagen which showed as having no keeper or insurance.

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

“They stopped and talked to Mr Rahman who said he had recently bought it but hadn’t got insurance.

“He accepted that it wasn’t insured by him for use. He told the officers that he thought that the garage had arranged the insurance.”

Of the second offence, in Green Lane, Mr Davies added: “Shortly before 11 at night, officers stopped another vehicle. A PNC check showed there was no insurance.

“He said that he was insured and that he had just bought it, but no insurance documents were ever produced.”

Tracey Wood, defending, said of Rahman, a driver at an outlet in Jarrow: “He is accepting of buying both of these vehicles and having no insurance.

“The timings are quite close together. He’s gone and bought another car. He accepts that he should have been more diligent with his checks. He thought he had five days to get cover.

“There was no accident, there was no speeding, there was no erratic driving, no passengers, just not having insurance in place.

“He understands that there will be an automatic six-month ban that comes with this. He is genuinely sorry.

“He knows what he’s done, he knows the consequences, but it’s going to be a case of him having this ban.”

The court heard Rahman already had six points on his licence after being caught using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Rahman, who pleaded guilty to two charges of driving without insurance, was banned from driving for six months.

Magistrates gave him six points, a £133 fine and court costs of £85 and a £32 victim surcharge for the first offence.

For the second offence, he was given eight penalty points, a £200 fine and court costs of £85.