A HALE man who attempted to dodge a series of speeding fines while driving a number of high-performance cars was jailed today, January 31.
Noveed Mumtaz, who worked in a solicitors firm, even claimed it was his mother driving in one case, despite speed camera images showing the driver had a beard.
Mumtaz, 34, of Park Road, pleaded guilty to three offences of providing false nominations.
He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, to six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for six months.
Mumtaz enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, living in a large house in Hale.
He also owned a personal collection of top-of-the-range cars, including, Aston Martin, Porsche, Bentley, Audi R8, Range Rover, some of which he was caught speeding in.
However, despite his fondness for flash cars, his driving was frequently ‘abysmal’ according to police, totting up two driving bans in two years, as well as points on his licence.
Mumtaz’s scam began after he activated a speed camera in the early hours of January 28, 2010 while driving his Range Rover.
A notice was sent to Mumtaz, but returned nominating another man, his uncle living in London, as the driver.
The resulting notice was sent to this southern address and was this time returned to sender, not known at this address.
The offence was cancelled at that point, but fraud officers later discovered Mumtaz was director of a car hire company, registered at the same London address, the officers showed it was a false nomination as Mumtaz knew he had left the address on August 10, 2009, prior to the speed camera offence.
Mumtaz pulled a similar trick on two further occasions.
PC Vaughan Sherrah-Davies, said: “These deliberate attempts to outwit the police are symptomatic of a wider problem that seems to becoming ever more common.
“Motorists like Mumtaz might think it’s a harmless rouse to swap his details for a relative’s, and provide false information, especially as he thinks it will help him dodge being disqualified.
“The fact is, he had the option to take a £60 fine and three points on his licence, but he chose to run the risk of gambling it all. That has now backfired and got him a worse punishment than he could have imagined, being sent to prison.
“I hope anyone seeing today’s result will lodge it in the back of their mind and, when they are hit with a speeding fine, they remember the genuinely life-changing consequences of trying to cheat the system.”