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Learner driver fined for doing 36mph in a 30 zone

A learner driver who only had 12 hours of driving experience was fined for speeding in a driving lesson.

A 17-year-old learner driver has been fined for doing 36mph in a 30 zone in a driving lesson. Stacie Ralphes, who only had 12 hours of driving experience, was receiving tuition from the AA driving school. She was angry to find she was liable for the offence, rather than the instructor

Ms Ralphes said: “I was shocked to find that the notification was in my name. I thought the driving instructor would have made sure that speeding didn’t happen as that’s what they are there for.”

Ms Ralphes added: “I was angry and frustrated. I understand that I was partially responsible but I felt as a learner driver who has just started, I’ve been learning to deal with everything else involved in driving.” 

The law states that drivers are liable for traffic offences, even if they are a learner, and that it is illegal for anyone other than the driver to accept a penalty. 

Stacie was offered the chance to attend a driver awareness course as an alternative to the three penalty points, which she accepted. She has since resumed her driving lessons with another school, and the AA driving school offered to pay Stacie’s £110 driver awareness course fee

Do you agree with the law relating to driving offences? Do you think the instructor should be partially responsible? Share your opinion in the comment box below. 


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