Speed ticket 'fixer' sent to jail

A Lancashire man has been jailed for two years after he was found guilty of helping motorists get out of fines and penalty points.

Speeding ticket "fixer" Wajid Rafique, 33, was found to have helped hundreds of drivers by claiming fictitious drivers were behind the wheel when the offences occurred.

The father-of-two, from Nelson, would fill in forms using 0 names, but provide real addresses, Burnley Crown Court heard, in a case which highlights the number of people willing to break the rules of the road and the need for the legal protection of a fullcar insurance policy.

Although Rafique claimed to provide the scam for free, it was heard motorists would hand over between £100 and £300 to get off the hook.

David Macro, prosecuting, said: "Mr Rafique had set himself up as a fixer offering a service to drivers who had fallen foul to speed cameras.

"The service provided was that the registered keeper would pass the blank form to him and he would send it to the central ticketing office with the name of a fictitious driver and giving real addresses in Nelson.

"He used at least eight addresses which were chosen because he controlled them in some way and he could get to the letters first.

"The central ticketing office would write to the fictitious person to confirm they were the driver or knew who was driving and of course no reply was sent."

Unemployed Rafique, of Cobden Street, pleaded guilty to 43 counts of perverting the course of justice between 2005 and 2009 at an earlier hearing involving offences of drivers speeding at up to 45mph.

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