Haulier bought tax disc from 'man in pub'
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THE DIRECTOR of a Felixstowe haulage company adnutted in court that he paid £150 to a man in a London pub for a vehicle excise licence. He said the man had claimed he was able to supply blank MoT certificates, tax discs and licences "to order".
Paul Douch, of Carriage Close, Trimley St Martin, Suffolk, pleaded guilty at Felixstowe Magistrates Court on June 3 to handling a stolen vehicle excise licence. He was fined 000.
Julian Herbert, prosecuting, said the tax disc had been one of a consignment of 400 which had been posted to a London destination but which never arrived.
In mitigation, Patrick Grieve said Mr Douch had been an owner-driver at the time of the incident and had been seeking to expand his business.
Five letters of reference Irons clients were handed in to the court on behalf of Douch who "bitterly regretted" the offence.