A man has been fined and banned from driving for six months for twice failing to identify the driver of a vehicle when required to by the police.

Simon Gary Jones, of Sarlsdown Road, Exmouth, did not identify the driver of a grey Peugeot Partner Professional van to police on March 28 and April 13.

In both cases, which took place in Plymouth, the van driver was alleged to have been guilty of an offence.

Jones, 54, pleaded guilty to both offences under the single justice procedure, which allows a single magistrate to deal with minor offences without the defendant being required to attend court.

Court documents say Jones twice “failed to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle... who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence” when he was told to do so by Devon and Cornwall Police.

A magistrate in Exeter decided both cases on Thursday, December 14.

For the offence committed in March, Jones was fined £250 and handed six penalty points.

For the April offence, he was fined another £250 and banned from driving for six months. 

The magistrate said the disqualification was “obligatory due to repeat offending”.

Jones was also ordered to pay a £300 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

His guilty plea was taken into account when he was sentenced.