A Romanian driver who sent in false details after being caught on a speed camera in Luton was jailed for 6 months Tuesday 11th August 2015.
The 37-year-old was driving a Ford Galaxy at 6 miles per hour over the 30mph limit on the Park Street Viaduct when he was “flashed,” Luton crown court was told.
When a notice of prosecution was sent to his address in Luton, he created a fake licence because he feared he would lose his driving job if he was given any more penalty points on his genuine UK one.
Using his own photograph, he filled in the details of a person with a Romanian name who does not exist. Then he paid the fine with a 100 postal order and posted the fake driving licence along with a fake identity document.
The man, who was aided by a Romanian interpreter, pleaded guilty to possessing fake identity documents and perverting the course of justice. He also admitted speeding.
Stephen Halloran, defending, said his client was working full time as a driver at the time and had not wanted to add to the 3 points already on his UK licence. He said he had downloaded a form from the Internet to create the other licence. He said he did not read British newspapers and was not aware how seriously the courts regarded these offences.
When he arrived in the UK, he had been working full time to provide for his wife and their two children without applying for benefits. But he said he had been unable to work since April as the police had seized his legitimate licence.
Jailing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said: “This sort of offence undermines the criminal justice system. It has to be treated very seriously.” He also added 3 points to his driving licence.