Garage boss gets driving ban after prang in customer’s car


A garage boss has been banned from the roads after crashing a customer’s car during an unauthorised spin.

The city’s magistrates’ court heard how Asif Mehmood, 33, caused extensive damage to a Ford Fiesta and injury to Rowan Hardy after a collision at the junction of Sugar Lane and Welbeck Street on October 19 last year. One of the cars had to be written off.

Mehmood, of Station Street, Wakefield, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, having no insurance and no appropriate licence.

Prosecutor Jill Seddon told how the vehicle had been left at the garage for repair.

The court heard how Mehmood had permission to drive it for the purpose of fixing it but not for “a frolic of his own”.

He could drive on trade plates to and from the premises.

But the court heard how Mehmood had “no satisfactory explanation” for driving the car that day.

Arfaq Nabi, defending, said: “He owns the business. The vehicle was left at the garage for some repairs.”

He added: “He shouldn’t have taken it. He did take it and is now going to be punished for it.”

The court heard the customer had since got his money back on the vehicle, which was written off.

But solicitor said it was not clear whose fault the accident was or what the injury was.

The court heard Mehmood had previous convictions for failing to stop and failing to report an accident, but these were old offences.

Mr Nabi, mitigating, said Mehmood needed a driving licence to run a garage.

But District Judge Adrian Lower, banning Mehmood from driving, said: “This is no way to run a business involving motor vehicles. The vehicle had been sold to the customer who returned it for repairs.

“For no good reason you took the vehicle for purposes of your own. During the course of which a collision occurred. I don’t know whether it was particularly serious or not.”

But he said the customer had clearly been inconvenienced, adding: “But you are not going to do yourself any commercial favours if this is the way you are going to treat your customers’ vehicles.”

He banned Mehmood from driving for six months and imposed an eight-week curfew from 8pm to 6am daily.

Mehmood must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.