SEVEN motorists from the Taunton area - including a local reverend - have been sentenced after committing driving offences on local roads.

The drivers' cases were dealt with by magistrates in Taunton, Bath, and Bodmin.

Their offences include speeding, driving without third-party insurance, and failing to comply with red traffic lights.

Rev Steven Reed

A church reverend has been fined after he was caught driving at 61mph on a road with a 50mph speed limit.

Rev Steven Reed, of Fullands Road, Taunton, committed the offence on the A303 between Sparkford and Podimore on November 27, 2021.

Rev Reed, 70, admitted exceeding a 50mph speed limit under the single justice procedure on Wednesday, June 15.

The procedure allows people charged with a minor offence to have their cases decided without going to court.

He was fined £124 by a magistrate in Bath and ordered to pay £90 in court costs and a £34 surcharge to fund victim services.  

He was also handed three penalty points.

Court documents say his guilty plea was considered when he was sentenced.

Somerset County Gazette: Rev Steven Reed was fined by a magistrate in Bath. Picture: Google Street ViewRev Steven Reed was fined by a magistrate in Bath. Picture: Google Street View

Luis Serpa

A man from Wiveliscombe has been banned from driving for one year after he was caught driving without insurance.

Luis Serpa, of Plain Pond, drove a BMW without third-party insurance on a road or public place in Tiverton, Devon, on October 4, 2021.

Serpa, 30, was proved guilty under the single justice procedure on May 3.

A magistrate in Bodmin, Cornwall, banned Serpa from driving for 12 months “due to repeat offending” on Monday, June 13.

He was also fined £660 and ordered to pay £90 in court costs and a £66 surcharge to fund victim services.

Serpa has until July 11 to pay his £816 court bill.

Richard Alan Rowley

A driver from Milverton has received a fine and three penalty points after he was caught driving at 86mph on the M5 near Sedgemoor Services.

Richard Alan Rowley, of Screedy Lane, was caught speeding between the services and junction 21 (Weston-super-Mare) on November 11, 2021.

Rowley, 53, admitted the offence under the single justice procedure on Tuesday, June 14.

He was fined £66 and told to pay a £34 victim surcharge, giving him £100 to pay by August 2.

His guilty plea was considered by a magistrate in Bath when he was sentenced.

Somerset County Gazette: A Hatch Beauchamp driver avoided a ban for family reasons. Picture: Tom LeamanA Hatch Beauchamp driver avoided a ban for family reasons. Picture: Tom Leaman

Jade Leigh Sturgess

A woman from Hatch Beauchamp avoided a totting up driving ban after failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver when required.

Court documents say Jade Leigh Sturgess, of Rectory Mews, “failed to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence”.

Sturgess, 29, committed the offence on July 29, 2021.

She was proved guilty under the single justice procedure on January 20.

She was given six penalty points on June 15, taking her over the totting up limit for disqualification.

Sturgess avoided a ban for family reasons.

A magistrate in Taunton fined her £150 and ordered to pay £90 in court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Adam Philip Jones

A man has been fined for failing to comply with a red light traffic signal on the A38 Chritchard Parkway at the junction with Wordsworth Drive in Taunton.

Adam Philip Jones, of South Street, Taunton, “failed to comply with the indication given by a traffic sign, namely a red light traffic signal” on November 11, 2021.

Jones, 27, pleaded guilty under the single justice procedure on Tuesday, June 14.

He was fined £123 by a magistrate in Bath and told to pay £90 in court costs and a £34 victim surcharge, giving him a £247 court bill to pay by August 2.

Three penalty points were added to his driving licence.

Rob Adam

A Creech St Michael man has received an £816 court bill after he was proved guilty of failing to disclose information relating to the identification of a driver when required.

Rob Adam, of Arundells Way, committed the offence on December 17, 2021.

Adam, 58, was proved guilty under the single justice procedure on Wednesday, June 15.

He was fined £660 and told to pay £90 in court costs and a £66 victim surcharge by Bath Magistrates' Court.

Somerset County Gazette: A man from Bishops Lydeard has been fined after failing to comply with a red light on Greenway Road in Taunton. Picture: Google Street ViewA man from Bishops Lydeard has been fined after failing to comply with a red light on Greenway Road in Taunton. Picture: Google Street View

Shaun Pilbrow

A man from Bishops Lydeard has been fined for failing to comply with a red light on the A358 Greenway Road in Taunton.

Shaun Pilbrow, 40, of Darby Way, “failed to comply with the indication given by a traffic sign, namely a red light traffic signal”, on November 12, 2021.

He admitted the offence under the single justice procedure on Tuesday, June 14.

Pilbrow was fined £107 and must pay £90 in court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

A magistrate in Bath endorsed his driving with three penalty points.

His guilty plea was considered when he was sentenced.