Footballer Tevez given driving ban
Published 26/11/2012 | 12:12
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been disqualified from driving less than a fortnight after his luxury car was removed from the road by police.
Tevez, 28, mimicked driving a vehicle after he scored twice in his team's Premier League win at home to Aston Villa on November 17, two days after his Porsche Panamera was impounded in Manchester as he could not produce a full UK driving licence.
Now Lancaster magistrates have imposed an interim ban on the Argentinian, who did not attend the hearing, for a separate matter in which he failed to provide information when his car was clocked speeding in Morecambe.
It is understood his vehicle was caught breaking the speed limit in the town on March 28 when he played for City's reserves against Morecambe Reserves.
His solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, told the court his client accepted he did not provide identification - which carries six penalty points - and that under the totting up procedure he was now liable for disqualification.
Mr Lewis asked the magistrates to impose an interim disqualification and adjourn sentencing so that the "no licence case" from Manchester could be dealt with at the same time.
The magistrates agreed and listed the matter in Lancaster for December 20 when the length of the suspension will be set.
His Porsche was seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act in a routine patrol near to the Britannia Airport Hotel on November 15. He was then summonsed for driving otherwise in accordance with a driving licence, said Greater Manchester Police.
In February 2009, when he played for Manchester United, his Bentley Continental GT Speed was removed by police near junction 6 of the M60 in February 2009 after it was found he did not have a full UK driving licence.
As an Argentinian driving licence holder, Tevez, from Prestbury, Cheshire, may drive in Britain for the first 12 months of his stay in the country but must then apply for a provisional licence and pass the UK driving theory and practical test.