Mansfield driver had fake licence plate written in felt-tip pen
A driver with no licence, insurance and a fake licence plate written in felt-tip pen has been dealt with by magistrates in Mansfield.
Police pulled Mateusz Bremer's white Vauxhall Vivaro over as it turned on to St Peter’s Way in Mansfield at 1pm on March 29, said prosecutor Neil Hollett.
The front licence plate, which didn’t relate to the vehicle, was written in black marker pen on two pieces of paper that were taped together in the windscreen.
The correct licence plates were found under a seat in the vehicle.
Officers discovered the MOT expired on March 2 and Bremer only had a provisional licence, but there were no L-plates.
Representing himself via a Polish interepreter, Bremer said: "I plead guilty. All I can say is I am ashamed for doing it.
"In my defence, I would like to say it is partially due to lockdown. I lost my job and used the car to carry out other work.
"My girlfriend was paying all the bills and that was killing me.
"As soon as I found a job I jumped on the opportunity. I have been self-employed for the last three weeks, and I work as a plumber's assistant."
Bremer, 31, of Princes Street, Mansfield, pleaded guilty to the fraudulent use of a registration mark and driving without insurance and an appropriate licence when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
He was warned that if he drives without a licence or L-plates in future, he will face a ‘significantly more serious’ charge.
He was fined £300, with £85 costs and a £34 surcharge. He was banned for nine months.