Mayor off road for three months

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - JES­SICA HOWARD

SOUTH­ERN Mid­lands Mayor Tony Bis­dee has been of­fi­cially dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for the next three months af­ter he chose not to ap­ply for a re­stricted driver’s li­cence.

In the Mag­is­trates Court in Ho­bart in July, Coun­cil­lor Bis­dee, 73, of Melton Mow­bray, pleaded guilty to three counts of driv­ing while his li­cence was sus­pended.

He was caught by po­lice on three oc­ca­sions last year for driv­ing while his li­cence was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely be­cause of money owed to the Mon­e­tary Penal­ties En­force­ment Ser­vice.

The mayor also pleaded guilty to one count of ex­ceed­ing the speed limit, three counts of driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle and one count of us­ing a ve­hi­cle with no pre­mium cover.

Cr Bis­dee told po­lice when he was first pulled over on May 16 last year that he was aware the li­cence had been sus­pended, but said he had en­tered an ar­range­ment with the Mon­e­tary Penal­ties En­force­ment Ser­vice.

On De­cem­ber 8, po­lice pulled him over at Pontville do­ing 76km/h in a 60 zone while his li­cence was also still sus­pended.

Cr Bis­dee was caught again 10 days later by po­lice near Ho­bart.

Mag­is­trate Chris Web­ster moved to sus­pend Cr Bis­dee’s li­cence for three months, along with a $500 fine and three de­merit points.

But this was put on hold un­til Cr Bis­dee could ap­ply for a re­stricted li­cence yes­ter­day.

Cr Bis­dee’s lawyer Steven Chop­ping told the Mer­cury that his client had de­cided not to make any such ap­pli­ca­tion.

“There are a num­ber of rea­sons why, but he de­ter­mined he would take the penalty in full and wouldn’t seek to have it al­le­vi­ated by the grant of a re­stricted li­cence,” he said.

Cr Bis­dee was con­tacted for com­ment.

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