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Tevez admits driving while banned

Carlos TevezManchester City player Carlos Tevez has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community service after admitting driving while disqualified and without car insurance.

The 29-year-old Argentina striker appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without car insurance.

He admitted the charges in his native Spanish with the aid of an interpreter.

As well as 250 hours of unpaid community service, Tevez was also given a six-month driving ban and fined £1,000.

Tevez caught following anoymous tip

The footballer, who gave his full name as Carlos Alberto Tevez, was stopped in March as he left a golf club in a Porsche Cayenne following an anonymous tip-off to police.

Kate Marchuk, prosecuting, told Macclesfield magistrates that a police officer went to the Mottram Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Cheshire at around 4pm on 7 March.

This followed a call to police saying Tevez had driven a white Range Rover to the golf club while disqualified.

Marchuk said Tevez had been banned from driving for six months on 16 January 2013, after pleading guilty to failing to furnish information relating to incidents in which his Hummer vehicle was clocked speeding.

But in March, Tevez was caught leaving the golf club at around 5pm and getting into a white Porsche Cayenne before driving off.

Tevez arrest

He was stopped nearby and arrested for driving while disqualified and having no car insurance.

The footballer, who lives in nearby Alderley Edge, told the officer: "I only live down the road. Two minutes."

Tevez was taken to the police station and later bailed but at a second interview made no reply to police questions.

Magistrates heard he had not yet got a UK driving licence, partly because he has struggled to pass the theory test, which is conducted in English.

'Nobody above the law'

Passing sentence, chair of the bench Elizabeth Depares told Tevez he is a role model to millions but "nobody is above the law".

"We have heard that you are sorry and it is now up to you to ensure you will not be brought back to court again," she said.

Ms Depares said that for driving while disqualified Tevez must do the 250 hours community service within the next 12 months and he would be banned from the road for six months, starting immediately.

For having no insurance he was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

Motor lawyer Jeanette Miller, senior partner at motoring law firm Geoffrey Miller Solicitors, said: "Driving while disqualified is serious and carries a possible prison sentence of a maximum of six months.

"Carlos Tevez was lucky to receive a community order."

Top 10 motoring convictions

Driving without insurance, as commited by Tevez, is the fifth most common motoring conviction in the UK.

This is according to exclusive research by which looked at the top 10 motoring convictions.

And as well as a conviction, points on your licence and a fine, falling foul of the law while driving could also add hundreds of pounds to your car insurance premiums.

Top 10 motoring convictions

1. SP30 - Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road

2. CU80 - Use of a hand-held device whilst driving

3. TS10 - Failing to comply with traffic light signals

4. SP50 - Exceeding speed limit on a motorway

5. IN10 - Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks

6. DR10 - Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit

7. CD10 - Driving without due care and attention

8. LC20 - Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

9. CU30 - Using a vehicle with defective tyre

10. SP40 - Exceeding passenger vehicle speed limit

This is based on customers who obtained a car insurance quote from between October and December 2012, with motoring convictions in the last five years prior to the date of the quote.

Impact of conviction on car insurance cost

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at, said: "Any conviction will likely cause a change in the cost of car insurance.

"Our advice is simple: drive carefully and be mindful of the rules of the road."

Kloet urged drivers looking to cut car insurance costs to resist the temptation to simply not disclose a motoring conviction.

He explained: "If you don't disclose a conviction and you make a claim on your policy, your insurance company could refuse to pay any claim.

"Alternatively, they could make an additional charge for the conviction and won't authorise the claim until the charge is paid.

"How big an impact a conviction will have on the cost of your insurance depends on a number of factors, including insurance companies' conviction policies, the type of conviction, the car you drive and your age."

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Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick covers all things consumer for She started out on a weekly newspaper, via a national news agency and a stint in the fun but ‘not as glamorous as it appears on screen’ world of TV at the BBC researching consumer films for The One Show.

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