Published: 18/10/2017 13:53 - Updated: 18/10/2017 13:56

Ross-shire fisherman escapes driving ban

 

Sheriff Margaret Neilson imposed penalty points.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson imposed penalty points.
A SELF-employed prawn fisherman who was caught speeding at almost 100mph has kept his licence because he would have lost his business.

 

A driving ban would have also cost the jobs of the two men who work for 48-year-old Steven Morrison, of Fox Farm, Ardross, Inverness Sheriff Court heard today.

Defence solicitor Clare Russell told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that the loss of the former offshore worker’s licence, who had three previous speeding fixed penalties, would impact on his employees.

She explained: "He has to drive his two employees to remote locations from where he sails."

Ms Russell asked the sheriff to impose penalty points which did not mean an automatic six-month ban under the totting-up procedure as he had six live points, but would serve as a warning to her client.

The sheriff commented that Morrison should have been more careful with his driving when he got his last conviction.

However she agreed to endorse his licence with only five penalty points, one point away from the statutory threshold and fined him £400.

He had admitted speeding at 99mph on a one-mile straight stretch of road on the A832 at Achanalt, Wester Ross, on April 8.

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