Vicar spared speeding ban despite being caught for a fourth time
Tudor Rowlands was
caught speeding for the fourth time in four years and escaped a driving ban
because it would stop him preaching to his rural parish. (Cant say that his god wasnt watching out for him on that one!)
The 74 yer old vicar was caught doing 40mph in a 30mph area. He already
had nine points on his licence from three previous offences.
Rowlands, whose parish is in Powys, North Wales, said a ban would
affect the ‘spiritual health of communities’ if he couldn’t reach
elderly people who cannot get to church.
Apologising for his speeding, he also pleaded 'exceptional hardship' as he apologised for his speeding.
court heard Mr Rowlands, who has been a minister for 46 years, was
still in charge of 10 chapels across a very large rural parish around
He said he believed he had learned his lesson after being caught for a fourth time in just four years.
Justin Espie told the court Rowlands, of Rhewl, Ruthin, pleaded guilty
to driving too fast in a 30mph zone in Talybont on May 10, 2014, reports
the Powys County Times.
cross-examination, Mr Espie questioned Rowlands as to whether he would
lose his job or his home as a result of being disqualified. The priest
admitted he would not.
accepted his argument of exceptional hardship and fined him £70,
ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20