Driver keeps licence despite reaching 12 points with mobile offence

Thomas Taylor appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Thomas Taylor appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT

A company director has kept his driving licence despite clocking up too many points for using a mobile in traffic.

Timothy Kent was spotted checking an email on his phone in Fordham Road, Newmarket, on May 4.

The 36-year-old, of Lambourn, Hungerford, admitted the offence before magistrates in Ipswich, but said losing his licence would mean losing his job and ability to visit his unwell father on a remote farm.

Kent had been at risk of losing his licence, having accrued six points at the time of the offence.

In a letter handed to magistrates, his boss said Kent's role would be unsustainable without a driving licence.


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Kent told the bench he travelled up to 30,000 miles a year to rural locations with no public transport links.

Magistrates found that Kent proved he and others would suffer 'exceptional hardship' at the loss of his licence.

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He was handed six points and fined £269.

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