Glyndwr Wyn Richards, has been given three penalty points on his licence after he was seen driving a Volkswagen Passat with a Skoda Octavia strapped to it’s roof.
The 51 year old from Llanfarian in Wales,, was seen on camera driving through an industrial estate in Aberystwyth, Wales, in March 2019.
Mr. Richards acknowledged that it was a “stupid thing to do” and out of character for him but insisted that there was no danger of the car falling off the roof as he had taken measures to secure the Skoda.
His excuse was that he was travelling less than 300 metres at 5mph in the yard but pleaded guilty to using a vehicle with a load likely to cause danger of injury at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court,
He was given three penalty points on his driving licence and also fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £115.
Prosecutor Ceri Ellis-Jones said Police Constable Phil Westbury had been sent a WhatsApp message showing footage of the car being driven by Richards with another car on top
Ms Ellis-Jones said police had sought information from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) about regulations on vehicle loads and how items should be secured safely.
A DVSA inspector, who watched the footage, said that even with a strap in place, the load was not secure as the top car wasn’t secured in all
The inspector recognised there was a van following the car in an attempt to provide protection for other cars, but said that was inadequate as there were still cars driving in other directions.