Lying Cabbie Passed Points To Pal


Driver Triggered Three Speed Cameras In Six Weeks

A cabbie has narrowly escaped prison for trying to palm off speeding points onto another driver − a man police discovered was not in the country at the time having been deported three years earlier.

Abid Manzoor, from Essendon Grove in Alum Rock, triggered three speed cameras within the space of six weeks whilst working for a private hire firm. But instead of taking the fine and points on his licence − which was clean − he completed paperwork suggesting a friend was behind the wheel at the time.

Officers from West Midlands Police’s Camera Enforcement Unit looked into the case when forms sent to Mr Jawad Abassi − deported to Pakistan in July 2011 having been jailed for drink driving − bounced back as “unknown at this address”.

At Birmingham Crown Court he was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, and had eight points added to his licence.

PC Steve Jevons from West Midlands Police, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how people think they can lie and avoid punishment for driving offences − but this was a particularly odd case as Manzoor’s licence was clean so even with the points he wouldn’t have been banned.”


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