A TRANSIT van driver has been banned from the roads after he was caught driving without an MOT or insurance.

Henry Charles Downes was sentenced by magistrates in Redditch in November after previously entering guilty pleas to one count of using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third-party insurance and one count of using a motor vehicle on a road without a valid test certificate.


The court heard from the prosecutor that the 34-year-old had been caught out in Leominster's Buckfield Road after getting behind the wheel of a Ford Transit van without a valid insurance policy in place on December 15 last year. 

He had also been driving the vehicle without a valid MOT certificate in place, the magistrates were told.

Downes, of Portna Way, Leominster, was fined a total of £586, received six penalty points, and was disqualified from driving for 12 months, with magistrates saying that a roads ban was obligatory due to repeat offending.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £200 and a £234 victim surcharge.