Taxi driver banned for re-parking cab when drunk

Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Mansfield Magistrates Court.

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A Mansfield taxi driver lost his livelihood when he was banned for moving his cab to avoid a parking ticket while drunk.

Witnesses saw Jon Phillips strike two parked vehicles near his on home on Welbeck Street, on April 1, and called police.

Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said: “Police tried to speak to him and he ignored them.

“He failed the roadside breath test and was found to be twice over the legal limit.”

Phillips, 43, admitted the offence.

Tim Haynes, mitigating, said Phillips, a single parent, had 22 years of experience as a taxi driver and had a clean licence.

“He was simply trying to move his vehicle to avoid a parking ticket,” he said. “This is clearly a one-off aberration on his part.

“He apologises to the court and shows genuine remorse.”

He was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.