Wigan double speeder spared road ban

A Wigan motorist twice caught breaking the speed limit by a substantial amount has been spared a road ban because of family circumstances.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 2:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 2:16 pm

Roland Tull, 42, of Girvan Crescent, Ashton, appeared before borough magistrates to admit driving his Audi at 98mph on the M62 at Rochdale on July 29 last year then breaking the 30mph speed limit by more than 40mph on Warrington Road, Marus Bridge, on September 24.

Under normal circumstances this would have led to a disqualification from driving, but his defence mounted an exceptional hardship argument which the bench accepted.

The hearing was told that Tull’s wife has been suffering seizures which are under medical investigation and during which time her own licence has been revoked.

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Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

She works as a nurse and he has to transport her to and from work because public transport is inappropriate.

The court also heard that the defendant was in the process of setting up his own business which required him to drive, that the couple have a seven-year-old son and considerable debts.

As a result the bench only put six points on Tull’s licence and ordered that he pay fines, costs and a victim services surcharge totalling £239.

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