ALLOWING his car to be used for a pizza delivery cost a Llandysul man his licence.

Timothy Shipton, of Penrhiwllan, pleaded guilty to permitting someone to use his car without third party insurance when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Monday, December 3.

The court heard that police stopped Shipton’s Saab on the B4342 at New Quay, at 8.55pm on August 11, and found that the man driving it to deliver pizzas was not covered by insurance.

Shipton, 37, who already had six penalty points on his licence for a speeding offence, was told that the further six points he was likely to gain would lead to a driving ban.

Representing himself, Shipton told the bench that he was managing a pub at a holiday park at the time, and believed if the driver used his car to make deliveries on site there would be no issues.

“But he went on the main road. He had his own car so I thought his own insurance would cover him anyway.”

Putting forward an exceptional hardship argument, Shipton stated he had lost his job since the incident and needed his licence to look for work.

Magistrates did not find that there were exceptional circumstances which would avoid a ban and disqualified Shipton from driving for six months.

He was also fined £80 and ordered to pay a £30 surcharge.