Dorothy Burton Rowley, daughter of the Rev. G.C.A. Rowley, was summoned at Harlow on Saturday for driving a motor car without a licence. P.C. Reader stated that he was on duty at The George corner at 7.30 p.m. and saw two Special Constables stop a motor car which the defendant was driving. The witness asked her to produce her licence, but she could not do so. She at first said she had one, and then that she had applied for one, which she promised to produce two days later. She did not do so.
The Rev. G.C.A. Rowley, who appeared for his daughter, asked ‘Did not my daughter say she had applied to the Herts. County Council for a licence?’. Witness: ‘No’. Mr Rowley said his daughter had a motor driving licence for three years. She went away last autumn, and as she was going to be away for some time the licence was not renewed and expired on September 17th. At Christmas she wrote to the Herts. County Council for it to be renewed, but she did not enclose the 5 shillings, and the letter was lost.
He (Mr Rowley) had a driving licence, and on the day in question was in the car. It was foggy, and his daughter drove as she had better sight. He thought she had a licence, and took full responsibility for letting her drive. He produced the licence she took out two days later. The defendant gave evidence corroborating her father. The Chairman said it was an accident, but a technical offence had been committed, and there would be a fine of 5 shillings and 4 shillings costs.