A TAUNTON man who was caught driving without insurance will not lose his licence because it could have ended up making him homeless.

Marc Raymond Close, 33, of Beaufort Road, was given six penalty points at Taunton Magistrates' Court.

But he avoided being banned despite being over the 12 point limit after the bench was told he would lose his job, which may lead to him becoming homeless.

The court heard that due to the "dire situation with employment prospects during the Covid pandemic" this would be "even worse".

Close was fined £259 with a £35 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

He was fined a further £86 after admitting driving a vehicle without an MOT.

A BANNED driver was stopped by police after being spotted being the wheel of a car in Bridgwater.

Dino Urbano, 30, of Chatham Place, Curry Rivel, was handed a six-month driving ban after pleading guilty to the offence at Taunton Magistrates' Court.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Urbano received no separate penalty for driving without insurance.

EMMA Martin, 48, of North Street, Milverton, was given a 56-day driving disqualification for failing to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle.

She was also fined £184 with a £32 victim surcharge.

A MOTORIST who failed to give a specimen of breath has been disqualified from driving for 24 months and given a community order.

Louise Salvidge, 60, of Old School House Cottage, Holford, also received an eight-week curfew order and must pay a £95 victim surcharge and £300 costs after pleading not guilty.

SEONA Wilson, 20, of Abbey Close, Taunton, pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

She was ordered to pay her victim £150 compensation and to pay court costs of £85.