Doctor caught speeding has driving ban lifted so he can take children to tennis
An NHS doctor who has too much going on in his life has successfully appealed a driving ban so he can continue his private work and take his children to after-school tennis and swimming lessons.
Zsolt Hodi juggles his time between his vital work at hospitals, including the QMC, and work as a pathologist and at a biotechnological company, while ensuring two of his children keep up their sporting hobbies.
He claims he desperately needs a car to maintain not only his own schedule but also that of his children.
After being caught speeding on the A610 Alfreton Road by a mobile speed camera, he clocked up his fourth speeding offence in just seven months, and was banned from the roads.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how the married father-of-three – who earns £8,500-a-month – was recorded on a police mobile camera going 36mph in a 30mph limit on February 25 last year.
The latest offence brought his tally of penalty points to 12 – due to his three previous speeding convictions – and so he was disqualified for six months.
Magistrates imposed a subsequent fine of £833, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £83 last November.
However, Dr Hodi appealed his sentence before Judge Steven Coupland and two magistrates on the grounds of exceptional hardship primarily to his family.
Barrister Lucy Whittaker, told the court: He is an extremely busy man and on the fly everywhere.
Dr Hodi, 49, of Mapperley, told the court his work at a private biotechnological company was in a fairly competitive area and that it had taken him 10 years to secure a place with them.
He also collects two of his young children and takes them to their tennis lessons, before going back to his office before taking them home later.
He also said his wife worked part-time and just cant do everything on her own.
Judge Coupland asked him if he could get to those locations at times at short notice on public transport, to which he replied I dont think so.
He added: When you see my diary, there just isnt even time to wait half-an-hour for a taxi. Public transport isnt always readily available.
His driving ban had been in place for 12 weeks, until it was lifted pending his appeal on Friday, January 4.
After being asked about having a private driver by Mrs Whittaker, he said I believe the drivers will probably be too expensive. I would need one from 6am to 9pm.
He was also asked about the impact on his colleagues, if he was getting to work late or not able to attend.
He told her he works in small specialities; organ transplant services and there are two of us providing it for the region, and added: I just really regret what I have done and I have to stand here.
Judge Coupland, who allowed the appeal after discussing the decision with the magistrates, told him: We have very little sympathy for you. You committed four speeding offences in seven months.
However, he did find exceptional hardship after having regard for those affected, noting the doctor fulfilled an important role for the NHS and he was likely to lose his contract with the private company.
The judge warned: Dont let this court or any court see you again. If we see you for a traffic offence, you will be catching the bus home.