A WOMAN caught driving while disqualified, without a seatbelt, and without insurance, has escaped a roads ban.

Joanne Firoozieh appeared before magistrates in Worcester in January for sentencing after admitting two counts of using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without insurance, one count of driving a motor vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt, and one count of driving while disqualified at an earlier hearing.

The court heard from prosecutor Sarah Hurd that the 60-year-old had been caught out after getting behind the wheel of an Iveco-Ford in Hereford's Three Elms Road while disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence on March 24 last year.

She had also been driving that vehicle without insurance on the same date, the court heard.


She had also previously driven the same vehicle on the Roman Road in Hereford on July 12, 2021, without a seatbelt and without insurance.

Firoozieh, who is of Brobury, Herefordshire, was fined £120 for the offences and received six penalty points, with magistrates saying they had taken her guilty pleas into account when imposing the penalty.

She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £135.

No disqualification was made because, magistrates said, a roads ban would affect a family member with dementia, as it would affect her ability to visit him, and would make it difficult for her to maintain her own health while living in a remote location.

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