A HEREFORD driver has been fined by magistrates after he was caught using a mobile phone while driving in a Hereford street.

Gary Simmonds entered guilty pleas to one count of using a handheld mobile phone while driving and one count of using a vehicle without a valid test certificate to magistrates in Worcester in February.

The court heard from the prosecutor that the 35-year-old had been caught using a handheld mobile phone while behind the wheel of a Renault Clio in Hereford's Mortimer Road on August 15.


It was found that the Renault did not have a valid MOT certificate in place on that date, the court heard.

Simmonds, of Ridgeway Avenue in Hereford, was fined £120 and received six penalty points for the offences, with magistrates saying they had taken his guilty pleas into account when deciding on the penalty.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £90 and a £48 victim surcharge, which is used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.

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