£4,000 fine for Thurrock driver over speeding offences

TWO drivers who failed to respond to speeding notices have been fined more than £9000 and disqualified from driving for a total of 18 months.

Samuel Fraje of Moss Road, Dagenham failed to inform police who was driving the Ford Focus for which he was the insurance policy holder when it was caught speeding on seven occasions.

Speeding offences were detected on the northbound carriageway of the A12 at Kelvdeon and on the A1124 London Road, Stanway.

When notices of intended prosecution were sent to his home address followed by reminders, the 29-year-old failed to respond.

Fraje failed to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on November 8, 2016 but was found guilty in his absence of seven counts of failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver.

Fraje was fined £660 for each of the offences and ordered to pay court costs of £90 for each. He was also ordered to pay a single victim surcharge of £66. The fines totalled £5,316.

He also received six penalty points on his driving licence for each offence and was disqualified for six months under the ‘totting up’ procedure.

Under this rule, drivers who receive 12 or more penalty points within three years face automatic disqualification.

Raheem Abioro from South Ockendon failed to inform police who was driving the Audi for which he was the registered keeper when it was caught speeding on five occasions between June 27, 2015 and August 23, 2015.

Three of the offences occurred on London Road, Grays and two on the A13 in Thurrock.

Abioro failed to respond when notices of intended prosecution and court summons were sent to his home address.

He was found guilty of five counts of failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver in his absence at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

He was fined £660 for each of the offences and ordered to pay court costs of £90 for each as well as a one off victim surcharge of £66. The fines totalled £3816.

Abioro was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said: “I hope these cases serves as another reminder to drivers that they cannot simply ignore notices such as this if they come through their letterbox.

“The courts take this kind of offence extremely seriously and drivers who fail to provide information when requested to do so could find themselves having to pay a hefty fine, receiving a number of penalty points on their licence or even facing disqualification.”

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