Test-driving a buggy leads to loss of licence
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.