A LABOURER was jailed for 18 weeks for driving to work in a panel van while being banned from the roads.
Kevin Poynton was stopped in Swadlincote after police received a tip-off, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard.
A three-year driving ban was imposed on Poynton, 32, of Oversetts Road, Newhall.
He admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance last month.
Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting, said Poynton had 46 previous offences on his record, including two of driving while disqualified. In 2012, he received a three-year ban for drink-driving.
Natalie Clines, defending, said: "As soon as he was stopped by the police, he co-operated fully and fully admitted what he had done.
"It was foolish and stupid. I think he clearly regrets what has happened.
"He has got too many responsibilities at this time to risk his liberty with something happening on the roads."
Miss Clines said Poynton was working as a self-employed labourer.
His boss knew of the offences and would continue to employ him.
Presiding magistrate Derek Loydall told him: "We have read and seen your record as far as driving is concerned and it is pretty appalling.
"You have been found guilty on two occasions of driving while disqualified. I am sure magistrates read out to you what would happen if you drive while disqualified. Part of that is a custodial sentence."