A VAN driver caught using a handheld phone in Hereford's busy Belmont Road has escaped a roads ban due to the effect it would have on his family.

Alfie Davies appeared before magistrates in Worcester for sentencing in February after he was proven guilty of one count of using a handheld mobile phone or device while driving a motor vehicle on a road by magistrates at an earlier hearing in November.


The court heard from the prosecutor that the 30-year-old had been caught using a handheld mobile phone while behind the wheel of a Ford Transit van in Hereford's Belmont Road on April 22.

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Davies, of Tewkesbury Road in Twigworth, Gloucester, was fined £60 and received six penalty points for the offence.

No totting disqualification was made as, magistrates said, a roads ban would cause exceptional hardship, with Davies needing to take family members to appointments.

It would also have an effect on his family due to loss of earnings, the court heard.