Driver with 29 penalty points escapes disqualification

By Neil Logan

A driver has successfully escaped a driving ban despite having 29 penalty points after pleading mitigating circumstances.

Takeaway driver Ala Udin, aged 44, told magistrates he would lose his job if he was disqualified from driving, and he and his family would be made homeless as a result of not being able to keep up with mortgage payments. Mr Udin already had 11 points on his licence before admitting to further offences of driving with a defective tyre, speeding, and two counts of driving without insurance. The magistrates added another 18 points to his drivers license, taking his total to 29 points, but they accepted his plea of mitigating circumstances and chose not to enforce a driving ban.

The magistrates in Aberystwyth ordered Mr Udin to pay a fine and costs totalling £616.

Drivers facing a ban can plead their case to avoid a ban but the defence of mitigating circumstances is rarely successful. Only 5 drivers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have been allowed to hold on to their licenses despite accumulating 30 or more points.

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