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Court / Fine and automatic disqualification for young driver

A YOUNG man from Weisdale will have to retake his test after pleading guilty to a charge of driving carelessly when he briefly lost control over his car while going at excessive speeds in the face of an oncoming police vehicle.

Twenty year old Joshua Bentley, of Lower Hellister, also admitted driving without insurance when police stopped him on the B9076 road between Sullom Voe and Scatsta on 5 March this year.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, the young man was fined a total of £1,000 and given six penalty points.

Defence solicitor Gregor Kelly said his client accepts that he was driving too fast and added that he was fortunately able to gain control over his vehicle again.

“The penny has dropped,” Kelly assured the court.

Kelly continued by saying that Bentley’s employer had agreed to keep him on despite the fact that his employment depends on his ability to drive safely and responsibly.

Young drivers will have their licences revoked if they receive six or more penalty points within two years of passing their test.

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