Last Friday a woman was in my Court charged with failing to display a valid tax disk.
What actually happened was that she'd bought a new one online and when it arrived placed it in the holder on her car's windscreen. So, not only was she covered for the remains of this tax year, she had paid her dues two weeks early for next year as well. How law abiding can you get?
Anyway, a PCSO spotted that this year's tax disk was not on view and, despite the driver explaining the situation and producing this year's disk, insisted upon reporting her for consideration of prosecution.
Luckily, she had the gumption to refuse to take it lying down and chose to plead not guilty.
We heard the details of the case and asked the Crown Prosecutor to give the case some further consideration and take a view. In this case, common sense prevailed and the prosecutor dropped the charge in the interests of jutice.
Had he not done so, we would have been obliged to find her guilty.
Talk about being penalised for for being too keen to obey the law.