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Rafik ul Hoque, 19, flouted driving ban
A TEENAGER who flouted a driving ban just 18 days after it began wants his licence back, York magistrates were told.
Rafik ul Hoque, 19, loved driving, the court heard, but had committed a series of driving offences since his 17th birthday.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said he was banned on July 9, but police spotted him driving in Thanet Road, Dringhouses, on July 27, and arrested him.
Hoque, of Stonethwaite, York, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and driving without a test certificate. He was disqualified for 12 months on July 9 for a series of driving offences which began within six months of him passing his driving test.
Magistrates gave Hoque a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, for driving while disqualified and ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £85 prosecution costs and an £80 statutory surcharge.
They decided against extending his driving ban, but put six penalty points on his next licence and reminded him that, because he was a new driver when he lost his licence, he would have to retake his driving test.
It will be next July before he can next legally take to the road and he will have to have a supervising driver sitting next to him as he will only be entitled to a provisional licence.
Hoque’s solicitor, Sally Howard, said: “He is just a young man who loves driving. He has repaired and bought and sold cars. He just has a love of motor cars.”
She said after he lost his job, Hoque had a cavalier attitude to life, including paying no attention to the law, but the threat of prison had made him pull himself together and change his approach.
“He is very keen to get his licence back so he can have a fresh start to his life,” she said.