A delivery driver was handed 78 points on his driving licence after he was caught by the same set of speed cameras 26 times in the space of just three months.

Phillip Dodd was repeatedly flashed by the Gatso cameras as he drove his work van at speeds of between 56mph and 63mph along a 50mph stretch of the M62 near Warrington.

Dodd, 63, claimed he never received Notice of Intended Prosecutions (NIP) from the police because the Citroen Berlingo van was not registered in his name.

It was only when he moved in with his partner and registered the van in his name with the DVLA, that 26 separate NIP tickets dropped through his letter box.

At Tameside magistrates court, Dodd, of Collyhust, Manchester, who has since been signed off sick with early stage Parkinson’s Disease, admitted 26 charges of speeding but insisted he was not a dangerous driver.

He was banned from driving for six months although it is thought the points will drop off his licence at the end of his disqualification. 

Phillip Dodd, a 63-year-old delivery driver was handed 78 points on his driving licence after he was caught by the same speed camera on the M62 near Warrington 26 times

Phillip Dodd, a 63-year-old delivery driver was handed 78 points on his driving licence after he was caught by the same speed camera on the M62 near Warrington 26 times

Phillip Dodd, a 63-year-old delivery driver was handed 78 points on his driving licence after he was caught by the same speed camera on the M62 near Warrington 26 times

The court heard Dodd was caught speeding between April and July 2020 whilst travelling Westbound and Eastbound between Junction 11 and 12 of the motorway.

Drivers in the area had been subjected to several years of 50mph speed limits on a 9.8mile stretch between junction 10 and 12. The limit was finally lifted in January 2021. 

In one week he was caught four times and another occasion he was flashed twice on the same day.

He told the court: ‘I have no previous speeding convictions and I’ve worked out my average speed when I was caught was 56.76 mph. 

‘I was starting around 8pm and finishing at 6am and quite often there weren’t any vehicles in sight.

‘I was often the only vehicle driving home at 6am. I was signed off sick in October 2020 as I received a diagnosis of early-stage Parkinson’s. 

‘Although I am responding well to treatment, I am not returning to my past job. In fact I have taken it upon myself to renew my gas safety license and become self-employed.’

The court heard Dodd was caught speeding between April and July 2020 whilst travelling Westbound and Eastbound near Junction 11 of the motorway

The court heard Dodd was caught speeding between April and July 2020 whilst travelling Westbound and Eastbound near Junction 11 of the motorway

The court heard Dodd was caught speeding between April and July 2020 whilst travelling Westbound and Eastbound near Junction 11 of the motorway

Dodd was repeatedly flashed by the set of Gatso cameras as he drove his van at speeds of between 56mph and 63mph along a 50mph stretch (pictured)

Dodd was repeatedly flashed by the set of Gatso cameras as he drove his van at speeds of between 56mph and 63mph along a 50mph stretch (pictured)

Dodd was repeatedly flashed by the set of Gatso cameras as he drove his van at speeds of between 56mph and 63mph along a 50mph stretch (pictured)

He added: ‘The van wasn’t in my name and that’s why I kept on getting tickets and not knowing I was getting them. 

‘Twelve weeks later, I got 26 letters through the post. When I realised, I contacted Swansea DVLA and told them the situation. I am not a dangerous driver. ‘

Dodd’s partner, who declined to give her name to the court, told the hearing: ‘When we moved in together, it was only at that point when he registered for the vehicle. 

‘He then contacted the DVLA and it was only afterwards, now that it had been registered to Phillip, that he got all these fines. He wasn’t aware due to failing to register the vehicle.

‘It was a schoolboy error. He travelled the same route since 2015. It seems this came to light when we moved house and contacted the DVLA.’

Dodd was also fined a total of £520 – £20 for each speeding offence and was ordered to pay £142 in costs and surcharges.

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