A MAN who drove while suspended has been handed his licence back.
Jackson Anthony Gibbins, 21, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to one count of drive while suspended.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Alan Walker told the court Gibbins was observed driving on September 4.
‘‘He was observed by police driving on McCormick Rd, Kyabram at 12.10pm,’’ he said.
‘‘He produced a probationary driver’s licence and checks revealed he was suspended due to loss of demerit points.’’
Gibbins said he didn’t understand he had to go to VicRoads to check on his licence status.
The Tatura Abattoir worker said he didn’t know he was unlicensed and has not driven since he was pulled over.
Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said Gibbins should have realised it was his responsibility to check on his licence.
‘‘In any ordinary situation I would take your licence for a further two months,’’ she said.
‘‘But because you have taken positive steps by not driving until this was sorted out I won’t.’’
Ms Leighfield fined him $700 without conviction.