People living here for a certain time have to apply for a Northern Ireland driving licence, says judge

A judge says people living in Northern Ireland for a certain time period have to apply for a Northern Ireland licence.

District Judge Liam McNally was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Friday where Mateusz Mielniczek (38), of Millfield in Ballymena, admitted a speeding charge.

The defendant was detected doing 42mph in a 30mph zone at Coleraine Road, Garvagh, on February 12 this year.

The court heard the defendant, who is originally from Poland, could not be given a fixed penalty ticket at the road side because he did not have a UK driving licence.

The defendant told the court he was “sorry” for speeding.

It was heard the Mielniczek had been living here for three years which prompted the judge to say if people are resident here for a certain amount of time then they have to apply for a Northern Ireland licence.

For the excess speed offence the defendant was given three penalty points and fined £60.

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