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Farewell, and here’s a fine!

Created on 01/06/2016 @ 07:38
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It’s not been a great month for Christopher Salmon.

Firstly, he was ousted from his position as Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) at the early May election, and that has been followed up by a bumper fine for driving a car owned by the force which had two bald tyres.

Mr Salmon said it was fair cop and has confirmed the court's decision which included the £586 fine as well as a three-point penalty.

On Facebook he admitted he failed to check the condition of the tyres when he collected the pool car from police headquarters last October.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said in March that it was investigating Mr Salmon over the offence.

Mr Salmon responded at the time that he would co-operate fully with the investigation.

It followed a referral to the IPCC by the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel.

In his statement, Mr Salmon said: “On 1 October 2015 I collected a shared pool car owned and maintained by Dyfed-Powys Police from the force's headquarters. Before driving the car I did not check the condition of the tyres.

“The next day whilst I was driving the car there was a blowout of a tyre. On subsequent examination the car was found to have two tyres that did not have sufficient tread to comply with the requirements of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations.

“I'm judged by the same laws as everyone else. Since the car was maintained by the police and in regular use by a number of staff I assumed it would be in good working order. I was wrong. I should have checked the tyres.

“As a result, I committed two offences of using a motor vehicle with defective tyres and I accept the penalties imposed by the court.”


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