Wealthy businessman makes incredible claim why he shouldn’t get driving ban

A businessman on £170,000-a -year claimed a driving ban would cause him "exceptional hardship" as he would be unable to take his daughter horse riding.

Mark Lapping, 48, made the desperate plea to magistrates after he admitted four speeding offences when he already had nine penalty points.

He insisted he needed his licence to use his Land Rover Discovery to drive his daughter to her "equine activities" which she was "passionate" about.

Lapping who runs a furniture components company also claimed that a ban would force him to spend 20 per cent of his income on taxis to and from work and airports for business trips.

But his plea for mercy was dismissed and he was banned from the road for six months by magistrates in Norwich, Norfolk.

He was also fined £1,320 at the hearing on Monday and given an extra 12 penalty points leaving him with 21 points on his licence.

Lapping who is chief executive of Global Chair Components based in Reydon near Southwold, Suffolk, admitted four offences of speeding between February 21 and May 25 last year.

He tried to argue that an automatic six month ban under the totting up procedure for having over 12 points would cause him "exceptional hardship."

Lapping said it would mean him being unable to drive the 65 miles from his home in Helhoughton near Fakenham, Norfolk, to the company’s headquarters.

The father-of-two said: "I am responsible for the business and that requires me to be in Reydon on a regular basis.

"I can’t get there by public transport in the time available.

"The duties extend throughout the UK as they have customers in China and Eastern Europe which requires transport to airports.

"There are over 40 employees and the reason I was employed was they needed someone to run the business on a day to day basis, so there could be a detrimental impact on employees.

"My mortgage is £3,411 per month and I am the sole earner. Taxi costs for all of the locations I would need to get to would take at least 20pc of my income."

He added: "I would have to stop other activities, particularly my daughters equine activities which she is passionate about.

"I regret the incidents as they have occurred and apologise unreservedly for them.

"I was in a distracted state of mind at the time and I had other priorities."

The court heard how Lapping was first caught speeding at 72mph in a 60mph limit on February 21 at Sutton Bridge near King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

He did 35mph in a 30mph limit on May 6 at Whaplode, Lincolnshire, 62mph in a 50mph zone on the A414 at Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, on May 20, and 35mph in a 30mph limit, again at Whaplode on May 25.

Joanna Kasprzyk, defending, said Lapping had been "burnt out" by a decade of hard work with his previous employer.

Ms Kasprzyk said: "He was burnt out and it had an effect on him and his family.

"When he decided to leave and tell everyone he was leaving that is when the driving offences were committed."

Lapping was given three penalty points and a £330 fine for each offence and was also ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £33 victim surcharge. Magistrates said they "rejected" his plea that he faced "exceptional hardship".

The businessman did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/businessman-earning-170000-year-claims-12056129

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