Newcastle, UK: Banned motorist’s crossing conviction too lenient?

11 May

A motorist who stole a car and drove it front of a train which then hit the vehicle was driving while disqualified. Appearing in Newcastle Crown Court he was sentenced to a 6-month prison sentence suspended for 12-months, a fine of £1,200 and 160 hours unpaid work and a further two-year driving ban. The motorist who had admitted aggravated vehicle taking, careless driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and failing to stop after an accident has in some eyes been treated leniently, as they feel that a custodial sentence should have been imposed without suspension.

In terms of financial loss, the Tyne and Wear Metro system incurred costs roughly ten-times the fine imposed and the local council double. Again, some feel that he rather than should have been required to personally pay an element of restitution, This view is taken by those arguing that the schemes to meet claims arising from accidents in which uninsured motorists is, in practice a “tax” on those who buy insurance to comply with the law.

The collision on the Tyne & Wear Metro right-of-way was on the Bank Foot active open level crossing at about 10.45pm on August 28th, 2014.

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