Cushendall motorist fined £300 for offences including having exhaust held on with 'bungee cord'

Cushendall motorist fined £300 for offences including having exhaust held on with 'bungee cord'

A CUSHENDALL motorist has been fined £300 for motoring related offences including an exhaust held on to a Volkswagen Golf by a bungee cord.

Other charged admitted by Bethany McCaw (23), of Moyle View, included no MOT, defective windscreen, incorrect form of number plate and being unable to have full view of the road.

Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard the defendant was stopped by police in Antrim town on March 21 this year.

There was an incorrect form of number plate with the height of the characters being 34mm instead of 79mm.

There was a "large crack" on the windscreen which meant she did not have a full view of the road ahead, the prosecutor said.

A sticker saying 'Infinity' ran across the top of the windscreen with the characters being 20 centimetres in height at one point.

The exhaust was hanging very low and was attached to the car by a bungee cord.

The MOT had expired on January 1.

The defendant told the police the car was like that when she bought it in November and she had an MOT booked for April.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the MOT had been held up because of the pandemic.

He said the defendant had arranged for a firm to fix her windscreen the day she was stopped only to be told that the employee who was going to replace it had "Covid".

Mr Ballentine said the "offending sticker" has been removed and the number plates and exhaust "rectified" and the car is now fully roadworthy and had passed the MOT with "flying colours".

He said the defendant uses the car in connection with job as a 'care in the community' worker.