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Chinese driver penalised over invalid licence

37-year-old pleads guilty in court

A Chinese woman who's lived on the Island for 18 months didn't have a valid driving licence when she crashed into a car last year.

Thirty-seven-year-old Wenyuan Kang of Hawarden Avenue in Douglas appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

She pleaded guilty to driving without a proper licence, having no insurance and driving without due care and attention.

Prosecution advocate Barry Swain told the hearing Kang was driving her Ford along the New Castletown Road at around 1pm on 23 November.

When a motorist in front of Kang slowed down and stopped at the traffic lights in Anagh Coar, Kang ran into their vehicle.

The court heard although she had a Chinese licence, she only had a Manx provisional and didn't know she needed a supervising driver and L-plates on her car.

Her advocate told the hearing she'd since passed her driving test and now had a full Manx licence, and although she'd had a valid insurance policy her lack of a licence had negated it.

She was fined £1,020 altogether and ordered to pay £50 towards prosecution costs.

Magistrates also put eight penalty points on her licence.

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