Caught Speeding At 39mph On The A4040
A husband and wife have appeared before Birmingham Crown Court charged with perverting the course of justice after the wife falsely claimed to be responsible for her taxi driver husband’s speeding offence and attending a speed awareness course.
Naveed Ali was caught doing 39mph on the A4040 Bromford Lane, Birmingham Road which has a 30mph limit. The deception came to light once taxi licencing inspectors examined Naveed Ali ’s driving records for that date. They ascertained that he was actually working and on his way to collect a passenger.
Ali, aged 27, from Wills Street in Lozells was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison on 30 April and ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge.
His wife Rashaeda Ghafoor, aged 27 and from the same address was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and was also ordered to pay £80.
PC Steve Jevons from the Camera Enforcement Unit said: “Had Naveed Ali admitted to the driving offence he would have been offered a speed awareness course. At worse, he would have received three penalty points on his licence and a £100 fine. Instead he chose to run the risk of gambling it all and putting his wife in a terrible position.
“That has now backfired and got him a worse punishment than he could have imagined. While he is serving his sentence he cannot provide for his family.”