Uninsured Northampton driver pays £1,780 after squeezing seven into small hatchback with no seatbelts

Megane stopped in Sixfields with five in the back, including two under-14s

Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 9:21 am

An uninsured driver who squeezed six passengers into a small hatchback landed a £1,780 court bill from Northampton magistrates for endangering their safety.

None of the five people in the back seat of the 15-year-old silver Renault Megane were wearing seatbelts, according to court documents — including two who were between three and 14 years old.

Police stopped Sandu Roberto Mihai behind the wheel of the overloaded five-seater vehicle on Walter Tull Way, Sixfields, at 8.49pm on February 20 this year.

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The driver headed to Northampton Magistrates Court after being stopped with seven people in a small hatchback.

The 31-year-old, of Queens Road, was fined £440 last week after being convicted of using a vehicle in such a way that its use involved a danger of injury.

Mihai was also ordered to pay a further £440 for two charges of carrying children without wearing seatbelts, plus £660 for driving with no insurance — and had eight points added to his licence.

Magistrates topped that off with an order to pay a £154 surcharge to fund victim services plus prosecution costs of £90.