A MAN caught driving while disqualified for a second time surprised magistrates by admitting: “I’ve never even taken a test.”
In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 24, was 57-year-old Peter George Hauxwell, formerly of Paynesdown Road and currently of Glebelands, Thatcham.
Anne Sawyer-Brandish, prosecuting, said police stopped a vehicle being driven in Lower Way, Thatcham, and spoke to the driver.
She added: “Checks revealed he was not insured to drive it.
“Further checks revealed he had been disqualified from driving.
“He then admitted he knew he was banned from driving and that he therefore had no insurance.”
Mr Hauxwell admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, both on November 2.
The court heard he has a previous conviction for driving while disqualified and for driving without insurance dating back to 2006.
Court clerk Roy Watson reminded magistrates: “Driving while disqualified and driving without insurance are both serious offences.”
Mr Hauxwell, who represented himself in court, told magistrates: “What can I say? I’d got some business and it was only two minutes round the corner.
“I did a very stupid thing and I’m very sorry. I apologise.”
Asked by magistrates when he had first passed his test, Mr Hauxwell replied that he never had.
It transpired that, even though he had never passed a driving test in the first place, Mr Hauxwell had been banned from driving until and unless he passes an extended driving test after being caught behind the wheel in 2006.
He explained: “I don’t like tests because I get panic attacks.”
Magistrates said they had considered Mr Hauxwell’s limited means in considering their sentence.
Mr Hauxwell was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £30.
Although he has never had a driving licence, Mr Hauxwell remains disqualified from holding one until he passes the extended test.