A MAN who was caught out for having no licence or insurance when he was stopped at random by police is fighting a ban from the roads, claiming his insurance was completely valid at the time.
Shafquat Baig, of Craven Street, Burton, was pulled over by officers running a traffic operation on Burton’s Wellington Road on May 31, Burton Magistrates’ Court was told.
He was charged with having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, after the police computer flashed up the indiscretions, but the 27-year-old now claims he was covered at the time of the incident.
Baig was convicted in his absence on July 29, and banned from the roads for six months, as these offences took him over the maximum amount of points on his driving licence.
He appeared in court yesterday to plead the case for why he should be allowed to continue driving, but revealed in his case that he had been insured at the time he was stopped.
Baig, who was not represented by a solicitor, told the bench: “My insurance was going out just fine, then I had a letter to say it had been cancelled. It was cancelled after the date I was pulled over for no insurance.
“The letter suggests I had insurance and I have bank statements that show it as one of my monthly outgoings to that date.”
He produced a letter from a finance company showing his insurance had been stopped from June 1.
Despite his assertion, he admitted both offences when he stood before magistrates.
He agreed that his licence may have expired before the end of May, and he had failed to renew it.
However, as a result of confusion over insurance dates, Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said she wanted to look into the issue.
“The records show he had no insurance. I need a letter from the company confirming he was insured on that date,” she said.
He is due to appear in court again on September 2.