By Stephanie Gonzalez
A motorist who has 29 points on his licence has avoided a driving ban - because he works as a takeaway delivery driver.
Ala Udin told magistrates he would lose his job if he was unable to drive.
He also claimed that this would result in him, his wife and their children ending up on the streets because they would not be able to afford their mortgage payments.
Udin already had 11 points on his driving licence - within one point of an automatic ban - when he faced magistrates in Aberystwyth, on 16 January, over further motoring offences.
The 44-year-old, from Ffos-y-ffin, admitted to speeding, driving with a defective tyre as well as two counts of driving without insurance.
'Mitigating circumstances' spares motorist driving ban
Magistrates issued 18 penalty points to add to his total but spared Udin a driving ban after taking into account "mitigating circumstances".
A court spokeswoman said: "At a hearing on 16 January in Aberystwyth Justice Centre, Ala Udin admitted a string of driving offences in which he was given 18 penalty points.
"No disqualification order was made following mitigating circumstances."
Udin, whose points will remain on his licence for three years, was told to pay fines as well as costs totalling £616.
He is not the first driver with such a high points tally to be allowed to stay behind the wheel.
Five UK drivers have 30 points or more on their licence
There are five people in Britain who have kept hold of their licence despite having 30 points or more against their name, recent figures from the DVLA show.
A motorist from the Liverpool area is the worst offender still out on the roads, having racked up a whopping 45 points.
The next highest totals are for drivers who have 36, 34 and 31 points on their licences respectively, the data reveals.