A Nottingham taxi driver has narrowly avoided jail after claiming his wife was behind the wheel of a speeding car in order to avoid a fine and penalty points.
Jasvinder Singh Landa, 34, from Bobbers Mill, had been caught speeding on May 31 last year and in Basford on June 13 while driving the Ford Galaxy, which was registered as a private hire vehicle. As he risked losing his licence, the taxi driver claimed his wife, Raji Kaur Landa, was in control of the car.
However, photograph evidence proved he was the driver. Landa and his wife pleaded guilty to two charges each of intending to pervert the course of justice. Mr Landa received a sentence of 10 months in custody, suspended for 18 months, 180 hours of unpaid work and a driving ban of six months. Mrs Landa was sentenced to four months in custody, also suspended for 18 months, along with 60 hours of unpaid work.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, of Nottinghamshire Police's Roads Policing Unit, issued a warning to drivers about such behaviour.
"This case reflects the seriousness of trying to avoid paying a small fine by blatant dishonesty," he said. "If Mr Landa had admitted the original offence of speeding he would have received the fine and penalty points. However, both he and his wife now have criminal records for perverting the course of justice.
"It shows the risk of being caught out is very high and the consequences are severe."
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