Driver of double-decker car handed three penalty points

Friday, August 30, 2019

A driver who balanced a second car on top of his vehicle has been fined £195 and given three points on his driving licence.

Glyndwr Wyn Richards was filmed driving his silver Volkswagen Passat with a Skoda Octavia perched on top as he drove through an industrial estate in Aberystwyth, west Wales.

He pleaded guilty on August 28 to using a vehicle in a way likely to cause danger or injury. The points must stay on his record for four years from the date of the offence.

He could have been banned from driving, but magistrates said his lack of previous convictions meant such a punishment would be excessive.

Richards said it was a “stupid thing to do” but argued he had only driven around 300 yards at five-miles-per-hour and believed there was no risk the upper car would slip.

He said he had worked as a mechanic and was helping a friend get rid of a car. The second vehicle did not have a valid MOT or tax.

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “That's no way to move a second vehicle.”

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said in 2013 there were 22,000 road incidents due to objects falling from vehicles.

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