A CARDIGAN car owner who was hit with a £390 bill after being accused of failing to notify the authorities that his vehicle was no longer on the road has seen his conviction and sentence vacated by the courts.

David Randall, of Tremain, was fined £220 by Llanelli magistrates for failing to meet the requirements of section 144a of the Road Traffic Act.

The section refers to obtaining a SORN – a statutory off-road notice – for vehicles no longer in use.

The 44-year-old old, who was not present in court at an initial hearing two weeks ago and found guilty in his absence, was also ordered to pay £140 costs and a £30 legal surcharge.

However, magistrates have now vacated the conviction following Mr Randall submitting a not guilty plea.

He is now due to appear at the court for trial on August 2.