A TAXI driver caught speeding seven times in eight days tried to blame someone else – then claimed he did not understand the speed limit.
Hashim Hammad was caught after flouting the temporary 40mph speed limit on the M275 at Portsmouth.
The 41-year-old was clocked travelling at speeds of between 46mph and 53mph in the early hours in a Fiat Stilo Hackney carriage.
Now he has been banned from driving for six months by Portsmouth magistrates.
The court heard that when Hammad was issued with notices relating to the offences he responded by claiming another man was driving at the time.
But police checks later revealed that no-one with the name Hammad gave for the driver at the time the offences were committed was licensed to drive the taxi.
He was then sent summons to appear in court but some were returned with the words ‘does not live here’ written on them.
However when Hammad was interviewed he admitted making up details of the driver.
Giles Fletcher, prosecuting, said: ‘He started by admitting all speeding offences. He said he did make up the driver.
‘He said he was worried he would lose his licence, and this would affect his wife and four children.
‘He admitted he lied. He said he couldn’t help himself but he did apologise for the problems he caused.’
Asked by chairman of the bench Stephen Waller if he understood what the average speed cameras were in place for, Hammad replied through an interpreter: ‘Certainly not.’
Mr Waller said: ‘You are a professional driver. You are required by law to know the rules.’
Hammad, who has no previous convictions and was not represented, admitted he had been carrying passengers in the taxi on some of the occasions he was caught speeding.
Hammad, of Temple Street, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to eight counts of speeding between March 8 and March 16.
He pleaded guilty to obstructing or resisting a police officer in the execution of her duty on March 23.
Portsmouth magistrates added 21 points to Hammad’s driving licence and fined him £280.
He was also ordered to pay £28 to a fund for victims of crime and £65 in court costs.