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Driver fined for altering licence

31st July 1970, Page 32
31st July 1970
Page 32
Page 32, 31st July 1970 — Driver fined for altering licence
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• A 24-year-old driver appeared before magistrates at Blyth. Northumberland, on Tuesday, charged with altering his heavy goods vehicle driver's licence with intent to deceive. Raymond Thornton. of Laverock Hall Road. Blyth pleaded guilty.

Mr Alan Vickers, prosecuting, said that Thornton held a licence to drive heavy goods vehicles with four wheels. But when he was offered a job driving six-wheeled vehicles, he altered the licence so that he could take the job.

He added that the alteration was noticed by a clerk at the offices of the Ministry of Transport when Thornton called to notify a change of address.

Thornton told the magistrates that he was unemployed when he altered the licence. He said he was planning to get married, and when the chance of a job came along, he decided to make the alteration.

He was fined £5 and with £5 14s costs.

A Ministry of Transport spokesman said it was believed to be the first case of its kind in Britain.


Organisations: Ministry of Transport

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