Young driver told he has to resit the test

PUBLISHED: 17:20 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 May 2010

DRIVING his mother s car without wearing a seat belt on April Fool s Day landed teenager Ricky Everett a bill for £400 and the need to resit his driving test. As he was a new driver, the 18-year-old will be put back to learner status after the city magist

DRIVING his mother's car without wearing a seat belt on April Fool's Day landed teenager Ricky Everett a bill for £400 and the need to resit his driving test.

As he was a new driver, the 18-year-old will be put back to learner status after the city magistrates put six points on his licence.

Police stopped Everett after noticing that he was driving his mother's car without a seat belt along Fordham by-pass, Ely magistrates were told on Thursday.

Everett - who already had another fixed penalty for failing to belt up - turned out to have no insurance to drive the Ford Focus, and he failed to produce a driving licence or MoT certificate to the police.

He told the court that he had already paid a £45 fixed penalty for failing to wear a seat belt on April 1 - the fixed penalty of £30 and been increased because he paid late.

The teenager, of Croft Road, Isleham, admitted driving without insurance, and was fined £200 with £35 costs and six points were endorsed on his licence. He was fined a total of £100 for failing to produce documents on April 1, and another £50 for failing to produce the MoT for his own car to police on March 18.

"I did not wear a seat belt because I was young, irresponsible and stupid," he told the court. "I was just borrowing my mum's car for the day. I thought I was covered to drive it because I had a fully comprehensive policy for my own car, but because of my age I was not covered."

Presiding magistrate Lt Col Johnny Kaye told Everett: "You have got to start thinking, or you will get into real trouble.

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