Silk­men chief in in­sur­ance row keeps li­cence

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

THE boss of Mac­cles­field Town FC has nar­rowly avoided los­ing his driv­ing li­cence af­ter a dis­pute with his car in­surer.

Robert Heys, gen­eral man­ager of the club, was caught driv­ing his Mercedes with­out an in­sur­ance while in Ac­cring­ton on July 20.

He was hauled in front of mag­is­trates in Black­burn where he ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

Heys was hit with £448 in fines and costs and six penalty points.

Un­der the totting up prin­ci­ple Heys, of Solly Av­enue, Birken­head, ac­cu­mu­lated 12 points on his li­cence which prompts an au­to­matic ban.

But af­ter ap­peal­ing to mag­is­trates that the loss of driv­ing li­cence would have a ‘detri­men­tal ef­fect on his daugh­ter’, Heys was al­lowed to keep his li­cence.

In court doc­u­ments mag­is­trates said there had been a ‘gen­uine mis­un­der­stand­ing’ be­tween Heys and his in­surer.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tence Heys said: “It was a mis­un­der­stand­ing due to a dis­pute with the in­sur­ance com­pany, but the fact is that I wasn’t cov­ered, and I fully ac­cepted the en­dorse­ment and fine.

“I had points on my li­cense al­ready, so that took me to twelve points, which meant my li­cense could have been sus­pended and I had to at­tend the mag­is­trates court.

“I live on the Wir­ral, work in Mac­cles­field and pick my daugh­ter up twice a week in Ac­cring­ton, some­thing that I wouldn’t have been able to con­tinue us­ing pub­lic trans­port, so I am very grate­ful that I was al­lowed to con­tinue driv­ing.

“The points on my li­cense is now back un­der twelve, as some have come off, but I shall be en­sur­ing that I stay on the right side of the law go­ing for­ward.”

Heys was ap­pointed gen­eral man­ager at the end of the 2015/16 sea­son.

He joined the Silk­men from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, where he held a sim­i­lar role for 15 years.

Dur­ing his time with Ac­cring­ton, Heys played a part in guid­ing the part­time non-league foot­ball to an es­tab­lished Foot­ball League side.

How­ever his time at the club did fea­ture some con­tro­versy. He served two spells at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley in­ter­rupted in Au­gust 2013 when he was banned from all foot­ball ac­tiv­ity for 21 months by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA) af­ter ad­mit­ting sev­eral breaches of the FA’s bet­ting rules.

Mac­cles­field Town gen­eral man­ager Rob Heys ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance

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