Man caught on scooter in rush hour traffic said he was told it didn't need a licence

Man caught on scooter in rush hour traffic said he was told it didn't need a licence

A MAN caught on a Wiztem scooter in rush hour traffic said he bought it on Facebook Marketplace and had been told it didn't need a licence.

However, when police detected Vladot Gabriel Gramada (23), of Carntall Gardens in Antrim, riding it in traffic at Castle Way in the town during the evening rush hour on April 22 this year it emerged he had needed a licence and he was also uninsured.

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, he pleaded guilty to charges of using the vehicle without insurance and a driving licence offence.

A prosecutor said it was established the petrol scooter had a 49cc engine and the manufacturer's website says it is capable of 22mph.

When police put the matters to the defendant he replied: "I didn't know".

The defendant said he has now sold the scooter.

He was banned from driving for a month and fined £175.