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Repeat speeder escapes driving ban after hardship plea

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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A DRIVER who totted up 12 points on his licence through speeding offences has been let off from the usual ban after convincing magistrates it would not be the right thing to do.

Gaetano Melidoni was facing a six-month driving ban when he stood before Burton Magistrates’ Court today.

But after proving he would face ‘exceptional hardship’ if he was disqualified, magistrates cast aside the mandatory ban.

The 52-year-old, who works for the NHS as a porter, told the bench: “I would lose my job. It would impact on trying to pay bills, and I have got to look after my 79-year-old mother.”

A letter from the head of facilities at Queen’s Hospital confirmed that Melidoni would no longer be able to keep his job if his ability to drive was removed.

It said: “Mr Melidoni has always been found to be hard-working and conscientious. I have never had any concerns with regards to his driving at work. Driving is a requirement of the porter’s role. If this gentleman was to have his licence revoked I would be bound to terminate his employment.”

Melidoni, who lives with his partner in Churchyard Road, Stretton, said the household income would be too low to continue with mortgage payments if he was not receiving an income, and the property could be at risk of repossession.

All of the penalty points had been received for speeding while he was an HGV driver, he said. The latest offence, on August 23 last year, saw him caught out for driving at 45 miles per hour in an area of Cannock which had a 30 limit.

He said: “I was on time-sensitive deliveries for TNT driving to Glasgow. I was doing 3,000 miles a week and I just got caught out.

“All the points came from when I was a self-employed courier and I am no longer doing that.”

All the points have been acquired over the last four years.

Magistrates took pity on the driver and said they had heard enough to convince them Melidoni would suffer if his licence was revoked.

They handed him three penalty points and ordered him to pay a£90 fine, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was told he would not be able to use that argument to fight a ban for the next three years

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