Roma businessman to hire full-time driver after losing licence
CAR detailing businessman, Hamza Bangash will be chauffeured around town now he has lost his licence for 13 months after pleading guilty to three driving offences.
On November 24, the Roma Magistrates Court heard Hamza Ullah Khan Bangash will employ a full time worker to drive him from Roma to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, to tend to his other business interests now his licence has been disqualified.
Police prosecutor sergeant David Longhurst told the court Bangash was intercepted by police at 9.45am on February 29 and was subsequently charged with driving without a licence SPER suspended.
"The suspension had only been applied two days earlier," sergeant Longhurst said.
"On June 15, he was intercepted again and found to be demerit point suspended and said he was unaware of the suspension.
"At 5.30am on August 3, intercepted again and was demerit point suspended and said he received special hardship order application - there was no order in place."
Bangash's solicitor, Craig van der Hoven of Creevey Russell Lawyers excused his client's actions, and said Bangash didn't receive the SPER suspensions.
"He has a lot of mail coming through and some is checked by reception staff and assistants," he said.
"He didn't do it out of intention, but rather mismanagement to meet correspondence in the mail."
Magistrate Peter Saggers didn't buy Bangash's defence.
"He would have been aware by the third offence and he told police he had a special hardship order when he didn't".
The prosecutor submitted that the defendant be disqualified for 13 months coupled with an appropriate fine.
Mr van der Hoven pleaded with Magistrate Saggers to consider that his client will be suffering a significant out of pocket expense by employing someone to drive him around.
"Mr Bangash immigrated to Australia from Pakistan for a better life," he said.
"He studied a Bachelor of Laws and Business at the University of Southern Queensland.
"Whilst completing that, he worked numerous jobs to ultimately go ahead to own a number of businesses.
"He currently owns an Autospa and has business interests in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
"Which means he is driving from Roma to the Gold Coast and ultimately, while disqualified he will be employing a full time worker to drive him around which means significant out of pocket expense."
Mr van der Hoven said his client's previous entry was in 2013, when he was 18-years-of-age however has no prior entries of a similar nature.
"Ultimately, he is a good, hard working member of the community," he said.
Bangash pleaded guilty to driving without a licence SPER suspended, driving motor vehicle without driver's licence demerit point - type 2 vehicle related offence and driving without a licence demerit points.
Magistrate Saggers fined Bangash $1000 for the three offences and is disqualified from driving for 13 months.
"Mr Bangash, if you are running these businesses, you need to be on top of everything," Magistrate Saggers said.
"That concerns your licence and running of your business.
"Especially for a business that relies on you holding your driver's licence, that's probably the most important thing you need to consider."
The convictions were recorded.