Driver from Northampton who was using electric cable to hold car door shut keeps licence

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A Northampton man has been fined after being caught driving a car that had no working horn, a broken brake light, no passenger door handle and a broken lock on the driver’s door, which he had closed using electric cable.

He was also charged for a separate offence when one of the back tyres on the car, a Nissan, were found to have less than 1mm tread depth, when the legal requirement is 1.6mm.

During a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the driver, 37-year-old Rofiqul Islam from Dallington Road, said he had borrowed a friend’s car to collect some medication.

He was charged with using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury on December 21 last year, while driving on Towcester Road.

Islam was given three points in his driving licence, giving him nine points in total, and was fined £75 each for the condition of the car and the condition of the back tyre. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.