Scooter rider thought he did not need licence

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A scooter rider who did not realise he needed a licence was handed six penalty points by magistrates.

Kristaps Sipenieks, of Fishers Street, Kirkby, was on a 40cc bike when police pulled him over on Sutton Road.

The 26-year-old told police that he had sent off for his provisional licence, but said he had no insurance.

He said that for such bikes in Latvia, no licence is required.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard how Sipenieks had been banned from driving for two years in 2010 for dangerous driving, and had not re-sat his test.

For the latest charges, he admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Defending, Bill Soughton, said his client had come to the UK in 2008 to work and not be a ‘benefits tourist’, having being largely employed during his time here until his recent move to the area from Peterborough.

He said that he had bought the scooter for £150 and was using it to try and secure employment.

“He simply wants to get out and find work to support his family, he wants to get on the road legally so he can find employment.”

As well as the penalty points, he was fined £120, made to pay £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.