Thursday, 24 April 2014

Student defends driving vehicle . . .


The car that has no doors... but it does have an MOT! Student defends driving vehicle

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A STUDENT who drove a car without doors, lights or bonnet thought it was legal because it had its MOT.

SKELETON: Wilson’s car had no bonnet and no lights when the police stopped him [RAYMONDS PRESS]

Sam Wilson was using his arms to indicate when turning after he stripped the Peugeot 306 and took out the indicators.

Although the car had previously passed its MOT, Sam had removed vital parts since the test, including the doors, headlights, grill and rear brake lights.

The 25-year-old drove the vehicle, described by police as a “skeleton”, for almost three miles before he was pulled over.

Wilson, who is studying electrical engineering at college, was taking it to a recycling centre five miles from his home in Bingham, Notts.

He had taken off some parts to sell online and planned to flog the remaining body for scrap.

But at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court the dad-of-two was found guilty of using a dangerous vehicle and fined £110.

He was also ordered to pay £120 costs and given three penalty points on his licence.

After the hearing, he said: “The car didn’t have any lights on it, but my argument was that it was daylight.

“It didn’t have any signals either, but I used arm signals to indicate.”

He thought the car was safe to drive because it still had a valid MOT certificate.

Wilson added that he did not think he had taken off any key working parts.

He said: “I only did it so I could get more money back for the car.

“I wouldn’t have driven it if I didn’t think it was safe for the road.

“I was starting college and I was only going to get £150 at the scrapyard.

“So I thought if I took the doors off and a few other parts I could get more money back.”

Sam claimed there were kit cars on the road that don’t have doors or lights.

But a spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “There are strict rules governing the safety of vehicles in this country.

“It beggars belief that he thought he could drive it without anyone having concerns.

“In doing so he put the safety of himself and others at risk.

“It would not have taken much to realise that the skeleton of a vehicle that Wilson was trying to drive on the carriageway was not roadworthy.

“We had to take action.”

The car was eventually collected for scrap and Wilson was paid £70.

He said that he had since bought himself a new Peugeot.

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