Test-driv­ing a buggy leads to loss of li­cence

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A TEST-DRIVE in a home-built buggy proved un­suc­cess­ful for Dy­lan Ross Thom­son who found him­self in court on Mon­day as a re­sult.

Thom­son was charged with driv­ing a ve­hi­cle that was un­reg­is­tered, unin­sured, de­fec­tive and not fit­ted with equip­ment re­quired by ve­hi­cle stan­dards.

He also pleaded guilty to driv­ing while his li­cence was de­merit-point-sus­pended.

The court heard that at 1.20pm on Satur­day, November 16, po­lice at­tended Val­ley Drive af­ter re­ports of a sil­ver dune buggy driv­ing up and down the street were re­ceived.

Thom­son and a friend were found at the side of the road work­ing on the buggy which was al­legedly drip­ping oil and not fit­ted with a gear stick or head­lights.

Po­lice checks re­vealed the buggy was not reg­is­tered and not in­sured and that Thom­son was un­li­censed at the time of the of­fence.

Thom­son said he had just fin­ished build­ing the buggy af­ter three years of work and took it on a test-drive 100 me­tres up the road and back. “I was just re­ally ex­cited,” he told the court. “I was just stoked that it’s fi­nally drive­able.” The re­cently qual­i­fied young me­chanic was fined $330 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

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