Shane Warne banned from driving in UK

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

23rd Sep, 2019. 08:32 pm
Shane Warne banned from driving

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months after racking up six speeding offences within three years.

The ex-spin bowler admitted breaking a 64km/h limit in a hired Jaguar car in Kensington last year when he already had 15 penalty points on his license, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

Shane Warne, who was not in court for the hearing, was clocked at 75km/h at 6.29 AM on a slip road on August 23.

Warne, widely regarded as one of the best bowlers to play the game, was also ordered to pay a total of $A3397 to the court.

Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner questioned why Warne was not automatically banned after collecting 12 points.

Barry Warburton, defending, said system errors meant drivers could avoid disqualification.

The ban means Warne, who is currently in Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill golf tournament, cannot drive in any country within the EU.

Warburton said he did not know if Warne held an Australian license but said he would be uninsured if he tried to drive in Australia on his British license.

The judge told the court: “The purpose of disqualification is to punish and to protect the public and to deter. Between April 2016 and August last year Warne committed six speeding offences.

“It may well be that none on its own were particularly serious but for points disqualification purposes the triviality of the offences is not to be taken into account. A period of 12 months is necessary for the purposes I have mentioned.”

In 2013, he was fined £500 ($A917) after admitting driving at more than 160km/h on a motorway in Scotland.

Shane Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia before retiring from international cricket in 2007.

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