No-show driver faces court

A MAN has appeared before magistrates after failing to attend court to face motoring and council tax charges.

Matthew Hill, 34, of Aachen Way, Halifax, failed to provide police with documents proving he was insured and had a valid MoT.

He said he was driving a courtesy car when stopped and had not checked if he was insured.

“I do understand the severity of driving without insurance,” Hill said.

Hill was arrested after failing to attend court for not paying £2,986 of council tax from 2008.

He told Calderdale mag he knew he should have appeared at court.

For failing to pay council tax, he was given a 30-day suspended sentence and told to repay the money.

He was fined £160 with £85 costs for failing to provide his driving documents and disqualified from driving for six months.