AN ANGRY motorist has called the decision to take him to court for driving with broken tail and brake lights “pathetic”.
Kevin Braid had been travelling along Chelmsley Road in his Volkswagen Golf on January 27 when he was pulled over by police who noticed his rear position lamps and brake lights were not functioning.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said officers also reported that his vehicle license plate didn’t meet legal regulations, as the numbers and letters had been “bunched together in an attempt to resemble the driver’s name”.
The 54-year-old, of Chelmsley Road, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to the three driving offences but was livid to have been called to court rather than given a warning at the roadside.
Representing himself, Mr Braid said: “I just think it’s pathetic.
“The officer pulled me, and we got into an argument.
“He could have told me about the lights and the next day I would have got them fixed.
“I wouldn’t have driven the car if I’d known the lights weren’t working.
“He said you’re supposed to check your car before you come out.
“I think it’s pathetic.
“The next day I went to the scrap yard and got some new lights.
“I didn’t need to come into court.”
Mr Braid was handed a £50 fine for driving a car without working rear lights and ordered to pay a £40 contribution to court costs and £20 victim surcharge.
There was no separate penalties for the brake lights or registration plate.