Texting driver caught out with licence that expired in 2009

A man who was allegedly texting while driving on the M7 had not held a license since 2009. Picture: NSW Police

A man who was allegedly texting while driving on the M7 had not held a license since 2009. Picture: NSW Police

A driver who had not held a valid licence for more than eight years was allegedly caught texting while driving on the M7 yesterday.

The man was driving a light tipper on the motorway near Glendenning when he was pulled over by Highway Patrol at 2pm on July 11.

When police asked for his licence, he produced a NSW red P1 licence that expired on April 9, 2009.

When asked why he had not renewed his licence for the past eight years, the man allegedly replied, “I never bothered to”.

He was charged with driving while never licensed and using a mobile phone while driving, and is due to appear at Blacktown local court on August 11.

Under NSW law, a driver can be charged with never having held a licence if they have not held a valid licence for more than five years.

The court can impose a maximum $2,200 fine for driving while never having held a license, as well as a disqualification period of at least 12 months.

No driver is allowed to text or use audio texting when driving. The offence carries a $325 fine and four demerit points.