A Sheffield cabbie ‘clocked’ for speeding lied that other people were driving his taxi in a bid to escape a road ban.
Abid Hussain, aged 48, gave police a fictitious name and those of his sister and nephew when served with notices of three speeding fines by post.
One of the ‘bogus’ drivers, his nephew, even went to a speed awareness course claiming he had been driving when in fact it was Hussain.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Hussain, whose taxi was registered in Chesterfield, triggered three mobile speed cameras.
His taxi was clocked doing 35mph in a 30mph zone at Meadowhead and the same speed on the Parkway in September last year and 47mph in a 30mph zone on Chesterfield Road in June, 2012.
Hussain, of Fentonville Street, Sharrow, admitted three charges of perverting the course of justice and two speeding offences.
Bev Tait, prosecuting, said he already had six points on his driving licence and under the totting-up procedure was facing a ban.
Nawaz Hussain, defending, said he was married with three children aged 15, 13 and eight and he was the sole carer of his wife who is mentally ill.
The lawyer said: “His sister and parents have disowned him for the shame he has brought on the family.”
Judge Julian Goose told him: “On two occasions you named actual people and on one other gave the name of an unknown person. Eventually the police realised your vehicle was being used to provide false details.”
Hussain was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.
He was given a further six points on his licence for the two speeding offences and banned for six months.