Delivery Driver Caught 26 Times In Three Months By Same Speed Camera And Gets 78 Points
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A former delivery driver has accumulated 78 points on his licence after being caught by the same speed camera 26 times in just three months - in turn racking up hundreds of pounds in fines.
Phillip Dodd, 63, was repeatedly caught out by the Gatso speed camera as he drove his van at speeds of between 56mph and 63mph along a 50mph stretch of the M62 near Manchester.
Dodd claims he never had any idea of his driving offences, having never received any Notice of Intended Prosecutions (NIP) from police as the Citroen Berlingo van was not registered in his name.
It wasn't until he moved in with his partner and registered the vehicle in his name with the DVLA that 26 separate NIP tickets came through his letter box.
Altogether, the fines totalled £520 - £20 for each offence - although Dodd was also ordered to pay £142 in costs and surcharges at Tameside magistrates court.
He was also banned from driving for six months.
Dodd, who has since been signed off sick with early stage Parkinson's Disease, admitted 26 charges of speeding, but insisted that he is not a dangerous driver.
The court heard how Dodd was caught speeding between April and July 2020 while travelling Westbound and Eastbound near Junction 11 of the motorway.
He was flashed four times in just one week, while on another occasion was caught twice on the same day.
Dodd told the court: ''I have no previous speeding convictions and I've worked out my average speed when I was caught was 56.76 mph. I was starting around 8pm and finishing at 6am and quite often there weren't any vehicles in sight.
''I was often the only vehicle driving home at 6am. I was signed off sick in October 2020 as I received a diagnosis of early-stage Parkinson's. Although I am responding well to treatment, I am not returning to my past job. In fact I have taken it upon myself to renew my gas safety license and become self-employed."
He added: ''The van wasn't in my name and that's why I kept on getting tickets and not knowing I was getting them. Twelve weeks later, I got 26 letters through the post. When I realised, I contacted Swansea DVLA and told them the situation. I am not a dangerous driver."
It is thought that Dodd points will be removed from his licence at the end of his disqualification.
Dodd partner, who declined to give her name to the court, also said at the hearing that the issue had been a 'schoolboy error', and that he simply had not been aware of the offences.
She said: ''When we moved in together, it was only at that point when he registered for the vehicle. He then contacted the DVLA and it was only afterwards, now that it had been registered to Phillip, that he got all these fines. He wasn't aware due to failing to register the vehicle.
''It was a schoolboy error. He travelled the same route since 2015. It seems this came to light when we moved house and contacted the DVLA.''