Tory MP Richard Benyon loses driving licence for texting

IslingtonMillionaire MP Richard Benyon has been given six penalty points on his driving licence for texting behind the wheel. As he still had points for unspent convictions on his license, the extra points resulted in an automatic six months ban from driving.

The incident which resulted in last week’s court date for the MP took place in Islington last April. Willesden Magistrates’ Court was told the MP had been spotted using his telephone in stationary traffic on Upper Street in the London borough. He was warned that using the phone and driving was against the law by a police officer on a bicycle.

The officer then saw Mr Benyon using the phone once more as the traffic started moving again. He pleaded guilty to the charge of texting while behind the wheel in a letter addressed to magistrates. As well as the six points, the MP was ordered to pay a total of £421 in court costs and fines.

The fine is unlikely to make much of a dent in the personal fortune of the Tory MP as his current net worth has been estimated at £110 million. His unspent convictions were for speeding in 2014 and 2015.

After the case, the MP said he regretted the error in judgement. The conviction is probably an embarrassment for Mr Benyon as in a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ he has previously stated it is every drivers’ personal responsibility not to use their phones while driving.



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