A RECORD shop boss has been allowed to keep driving despite racking up 16 points on his licence because a ban would mean pulling his daughter out of private school.
Michael Craig, who runs vinyl store Unknown Pleasures on the Royal Mile, told a court he would have to remove his six-year-old from Dundee High School junior school if he was disqualified. He added that his business would struggle to survive if hit with a six-month ban.
Drivers who amass more than 12 penalty points normally face bans under the totting-up system.
Perth’s Justice of the Peace Court was told that Mr Craig was already on 12 points when he was clocked speeding on the A9 near the Perthshire village of Greenloaning.
The court was told that he had escaped a previous ban for hitting the 12-point mark due to an “oversight” by the English court where his previous case was dealt with.
Yesterday, Craig, 50, of Longforgan, admitted speeding at 73mph on a 60mph stretch of the A9 Perth to Stirling road on April 24.
Pleading exceptional hardship, Craig said: “My daughter is at Dundee High School. My father wanted to pay for her first two years at the High School.
“She is six. She is in her second year now. The third year intention was we would take over the payments. I have just been gearing up to attempt to find extra income in order to make those payments.
“If my income is cut it would be difficult for her to continue attending the school and we would have to move her. Or we would need to employ Dundee High School after-school care which costs more money.
“I am very worried that my daughter would have to move school. She seems very happy and settled. Financially things would be very difficult.”
He said he and his wife Carol, 46, had separated nearly a year ago and told the court he did not want to add any more disruption to his daughter’s life by moving school.
Mrs Craig, who part owns a chain of day nurseries, said: “It would impact on his ability to pay school fees which would put the burden of that onto me. It would be an extra £400 a month.
“I am committed to my daughter’s schooling. If that is what I had to do that would be what I had to do.”
Mr Craig, who also runs an online business, said he would be forced to lay off staff if he was banned.
“I can’t see anyway we could survive a six-month period. The staff would have to be made redundant. Within three months the shop would probably be taking a half to two-thirds of the revenue it’s currently taking.”
In November last year, Craig reportedly boasted about how well his business was doing after being bombarded by a new wave of vinyl collectors from Russia.
Justice of the Peace, Keith Parkes said: “You will not be disqualified from driving but will remain on an excess number of points. You will have to be very careful.”
Mr Craig had four points added to his licence, bringing his total to 16 and was fined £270.