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Man City's Micah Richards driving ban

Micah RichardsFootballer Micah Richards has become the third Manchester City player in weeks to be handed a six-month driving ban.

The defender received the punishment after he failed to respond to two speeding notices.

These had been posted to him after his car was clocked speeding in Manchester last September.

England international Richards pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to give the identity of the person behind the wheel of his Ferrari 458 Italia car.

His car was seen travelling at 51mph in a 40mph zone.

Totting up

Six penalty points he was given added to the nine he already had for three driving offences in November 2010, last December and January this year.

This meant the player exceeded the 12-point limit, Tameside Magistrates' Court heard.

The 24-year-old did not attend the hearing.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of £600, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Postal mix-up

During September and November when the notices were sent out, Richards' home in Bowdon, Altrincham, was being renovated the court heard.

The player said he was having difficulties with his post because he was staying at a different address.

Richards' solicitor Nick Terry told the court: "At the time of these offences Mr Richards' home was under construction.

"He was staying at different properties and he had difficulties with his post. He couldn't suggest that the notices didn't arrive.

"He is willing to accept he did not respond to them."

Richards 'couldn't remember if he was driving'

The player could not remember whether he was driving his car when the speeding offence took place, the court was told.

Mr Terry said Richards had not driven since 9am on Friday because he knew he would be banned.

Richard's earnings were not disclosed in court, but he was given two weeks to pay his costs and fines.

Man City's Tevez & Nasri banned from driving

Fellow Manchester City player Carlos Tevez was handed a driving ban last week.

The 29-year-old was told he must perform 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and with no insurance.

Teammate Samir Nasri was also given a six-month driving ban last week after pleading guilty to three counts of failing to inform police who was driving his car when it was caught speeding in 2011.

Last week, Richards reportedly mocked up a photograph on Instagram of Tevez performing community service as a street cleaner and wrote: "Sorry Carlos but this is too funny!!!"

Top 10 motoring convictions

Exclusive research by Confused.com has revealed the top 10 motoring convictions.

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

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


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

Impact of conviction on car insurance cost

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

"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 Confused.com. 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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