MP Banned and Fined

  morddwyd 09:50 AM 28 Oct 12
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An MP has been fined £200 and banned for eight weeks for no insurance and no MOT.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20102813

I'm probably being a bit paranoid, and I have no sentencing statistics to quote, but I believe that this is a bit lenient compared to what a 17 year old from a sink estate in Manchester might have got.

  carver 10:00 AM 28 Oct 12

morddwyd it's OK because "A Labour party source said: "Jon made a simple mistake. It was human error. He is very sorry."

See a a 17 year old from a sink estate in Manchester wouldn't have said sorry, most likely car crushed, 12 months ban and a large fine he has no chance of paying because he's got no job.

  johndrew 10:04 AM 28 Oct 12

In my opinion it is a lenient sentence given the car may have been seized and the driver had no reason whatsoever to use it without correct cover.

However the site indicates this to have been an acceptable penalty for lack of insurance and even 'Mr Loophole' only got £60 for no MOT.

  carver 10:19 AM 28 Oct 12

For this MP £200 is nothing but for a 17 year old it might be the equivalent of a £20 fine.

  Bing.alau 10:21 AM 28 Oct 12

Maybe they take in to account years of undiscovered crime? A lad from one of those estates you talk about, couldn't have built up many crime free years. But an MP, being older and (supposedly) wiser has many years behind him/her.

  WhiteTruckMan 10:27 AM 28 Oct 12

Bingalau

Are you sure you've got that the right way round?

WTM

  johndrew 11:47 AM 28 Oct 12

I wonder if he'll keep his job as 'co-ordinator of Labour's policy review'.

Of course he will, he wears a red tie!!

  Forum Editor 12:53 PM 28 Oct 12

I see there's the usual amount of knee-jerking going on.

The normal penalty for a first offence of driving without a valid MOT is a £200 fine and six points on your licence, provided there are no aggravating circumstances. A banning penalty is something that Magistrates have discretion over, so they'll decide each case on its merits, and the fine can go up to a maximum of £1000, again depending on circumstances.

The driving without insurance offence carries a fine of up to £5000 and a discretionary ban penalty. Again, the penalties are related to circumstances.

In this case the man pleaded guilty, he obviously cooperated fully with the Police and the courts, and the Magistrates imposed what they though was an appropriate penalty. It happens dozens of times a day up and down the country, I wouldn't have thought this case is worthy of much coverage, but no doubt the Tory press will make as much hay as possible while there's the smallest amount of sunshine.

  morddwyd 14:14 PM 28 Oct 12

"!provided there are no aggravating circumstances. "

There are those who might think that the fact that he is an MP is an aggravating circumstance!

On the other hand there are those who would see it as a mitigating circumstance!

  Bing.alau 15:02 PM 28 Oct 12

WTM Possibly?

  interzone55 15:40 PM 28 Oct 12

You know how in the 60's it was OK to make jokes about black people, because most people thought it was perfectly fine to be prejudiced against them?

Well I think that MPs are this decade's acceptable target for prejudice...

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