Lorry driver keeps licence

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A SPEEDING Spalding lorry driver escaped a six month ban when he told magistrates he would “lose everything”.

Andrew Searle (42), of Balmoral Avenue, was driving a heavy goods vehicle at 48mph on the A1175 Deeping by-pass when the speed for the class of vehicle was restricted to 40mph.

Magistrates heard Searle already had nine points on his licence and a further three for speeding would make him liable to a six month ban under the totting up procedure.

But Searle went into the witness box and successfully pleaded to keep his licence under the law’s exceptional hardship provision.

He told magistrates: “If I lose my licence today, I lose everything, the mortgage, the house, I lose everything.”

Searle said he accepted what he did was wrong but “took his mind off the job for a little while”.

Magistrates did not impose a ban but fined him £135 and ordered him to pay £43 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. His licence was endorsed with three penalty points.

Searle, who pleaded guilty, was warned he could not use the exceptional hardship provision again.