Shepparton News

Fined for unlicensed driving

- By Monique Preston

A grandmothe­r who was caught driving without a licence told police she knew she was unlicensed, but “occasional­ly would drive anyway”.

Elizabeth Sheppard pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court to unlicensed driving and driving an unregister­ed vehicle.

Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kim Thomson told the court when police stopped Sheppard while driving a Ford Territory station wagon in Sanderson St, Shepparton, at 6.29 pm on March 19, she told them she did not have a licence.

The court heard her Queensland learner’s permit had been cancelled in January 2016 and she had never held a Victorian licence.

Her vehicle registrati­on also ran out in August last year.

Leading Sen Constable Thomson said Sheppard told police at the time “that she knew she was unlicensed, but occasional­ly would drive anyway”.

She also told them she had an unregister­ed vehicle permit for her car, but was unaware that she could be charged if she was not able to produce it.

Representi­ng herself in court, Sheppard said her daughter had run out of formula for her newborn baby and that she said she would take her to get it.

“That was an idiot move on my part,” she said.

The single mother said she thought the car was under a permit and did not know that it had expired.

Magistrate Peter Mithen fined Sheppard $600.

“I know that times may be tight, but you know the rules and you need to follow them,” he said.

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