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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Taxi driver appeals to Carlisle court to ban him from driving

A taxi driver went to court – to ask to be banned from driving.

Peter Chambers, 33, of Trumpet Terrace, Cleator, had had eight penalty points put on his licence after being found guilty by local magistrates of careless driving.

The court heard how he had shouted and gestured at another taxi driver, before pulling out at speed then cutting in front of him, causing a crash.

Chambers took the case to an appeal hearing at Carlisle Crown Court, saying that a short driving ban would suit him better.

He said that, with the eight points added to three others he had been given a few days before for speeding, he might lose his taxi licence. But he said he believed that if he were disqualified from driving he would be left with a clean licence once the period of disqualification was over, so then he would have no problem being able to continue as a taxi driver.

The Crown Court judge, sitting with two independent magistrates, threw out the appeal, saying the lower court’s decision was “correct” for a piece of driving that “bordered upon dangerous”.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told the court the case followed an incident in which Chambers had a row in which he shouted and made gestures at another taxi driver in Whitehaven town centre one afternoon last June.

A short time later he pulled out in front of the other driver “at real speed”, then pulled in sharply in front of him, causing a collision.

Chambers was originally charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident, but in December west Cumbrian magistrates found him not guilty of those offences but guilty of careless driving instead. He was fined £210, with £400 costs, and had eight points put on his licence.

At the appeal hearing he did not challenge the financial penalty, only the penalty points.

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