An excerpt from the Press Association today, in which a celebrity, despite his wealth just gets fined £500, whereas, other more stricter countries, would make allowances for this.
The vehicle was not confiscated or crushed so can we really trust Doherty not to to break the ban? I wish they would confiscate his passport as well!
In view of the ridiculous amounts of money some presenters, pop stars and lottery winners earn and the amount of repetitive driving convictions, the time surely has come to tighten up weak loopholes that allow wealthy people to regularly break the law because to them, £500 fine is nothing.
“Rock star Pete Doherty has been given a 12-month driving ban and fined £500 after he admitted allowing his manager to use his Daimler without insurance.
A lawyer entered a guilty plea on Doherty’s behalf during a hearing before magistrates in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Last month the singer-songwriter’s manager Andrew Boyd was given a 12-month jail term after a court heard he ran into a pedestrian delivering local newsletters then drove off at speed in the Daimler.
Boyd, 42, admitted a string of motoring offences including dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving without a licence or insurance during a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on February 24.
The Crown Court heard that 43-year-old Chris Corder, of Hadleigh, Suffolk, suffered “catastrophic” brain injuries and was left in a coma. Prosecutor Steven Dyble said Boyd was at the wheel of Mr Doherty’s car when he hit Mr Corder in Hadleigh last September.
Magistrates were told that Doherty, of Marlborough, Wiltshire, had been given a 18-month driving ban and a £2,050 fine in December at Gloucester Crown Court after admitting careless and drink driving following a concert. Lawyers said the two bans would run concurrently and Doherty would not be able to re-apply for a licence until the 18-month ban had ended.”