A Ballarat man has been fined and ordered to do community work after being caught several times driving unregistered cars unlicensed and with fake number plates.
James Hind, 24, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including drive while disqualified.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Anderson told the court that on November 3 2011, Hind was driving an unregistered Hyundai in Wendouree without weating a seatbelt when police intercepted him.
Checks revealed Hind was unlicensed and the vehicle was fitted with false plates.
Then, on February 19 this year, police caught Hind driving a Daewoo in Wendouree.
It was later revealed the vehicle was unregistered and Hind was a disqualified driver.
Police also intercepted Hind driving an unregistered Mazda in Wendouree on June 13.
Checks revealed the vehicle was fitted with false plates and Hind did not have a licence.
Defence counsel told the court Hind had no explanation for his behaviour, but admitted to having a “big problem” with cannabis use.
The court heard Hind had never held a licence.
Magistrate Andrew Capell placed Hind on a 12-month community corrections order with 75 hours of community work. He was fined $600.