Chauffeur heavily fined

Hertfordshire Mercury, 16th October 1915


At the Biggleswade Petty Sessions on Wednesday Stanley Cains, chauffeur, Puckeridge, was summoned for driving a motor-car without a licence at Biggleswade on September 30.  The defendant did not appear.  Special Constable Woodward deposed that on the date in question he was on duty near the pumping station on motor patrol.  He saw a motor-car travelling in the direction of London, and put up his hand and called on the driver to stop.  He did so, and when asked to show his licence he produced one which had expired on June 19, 1915.

The Clerk informed the Bench that the man’s employer had sent a letter regretting the defendant’s inability to be present, as he was anxious to see his son, who was off to the Front, and the defendant was driving him.  It was an oversight on the defendant’s part in not renewing his licence : he did not know it had expired.  Supt Nicholson stated that from inquiries made a new licence had been taken out.  Remarking that it was a serious offence at this time the Chairman said the defendant would be fined £5.

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