Marine expert ‘will lose job’ after driving ban

Sunday 1st July 2018 8:58 am
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A Milford marine expert conceded to magistrates this week that he would ‘lose his job’ after being handed a driving disqualification for speeding.

Forty-six-year-old Ian Paul Spice, of Blackbridge Crescent, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday, after being charged with exceeding the 70 mph speed limit in his Vauxhall Astra on the A38 in Plymouth back in November.

Magistrates were told by the prosecutor that Mr. Spice was in court under the ‘totting procedure’ as he already had nine points on his driving licence.

Mr. Spice explained that he worked for the coastguard agency and was the only person in the West and South of Wales qualified to carry out the marine work his job required.

He told magistrates that losing his driving licence would cause ‘immense hardship’.

Magistrates gave the defendant three penalty points, disqualifying him for a period of six months as a ‘totter’.

“I will lose my job now,” he told magistrates, who responded by telling Mr. Spice that the consequences could have been a lot worse if he had hit someone speeding.

Mr. Spice was also fined £249 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

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