A SPEEDING motorist was allowed to keep his driving licence after he claimed he was playing a major role in saving Runcorn's Guinness factory.
Colin David Evans, 37, said he was a continuous improvement facilitator at the factory which was currently going through redundancies.
The factory employed 150 on the shop-floor and 50 management but 40 people would be leaving by Christmas, he explained.
Three weeks ago they had all been taken to a hotel and given an ultimatum. They had been told that if they did not improve and get production yields up then: 'We are going to close.'
However, management at the plant have denied the claims.
A spokesman said they should be taken 'within the context of a man trying to keep his licence'.
Evans, of Bryn Aber in Holywell, North Wales, told how he had a significant role to play in motivating and training staff and often visited other sites to see what new technologies could be introduced.
He told Flintshire magistrates how he worked long hours including weekends, but he and his wife also had two children, did the school runs and ran the children to various activities including horse riding and swimming.
He was also a coach and referee for a new mini football club which had recently been set up in the Holywell area and was involved with others in transporting children to matches.
His solicitor Gwyn Jones argued that to lose his licence under the totting up procedure if he received six penalty points for speeding would amount to exceptional hardship.
It was 32 miles each way to work and it took him 45 minutes to an hour. Public transport was not feasible.
Prosecutor Rhian Edwards told how Evans already had six penalty points on his licence when he was caught doing 69mph in a temporary 40mph speed restricted area along the Deeside road-works scheme one evening in April.
Magistrates imposed an additional five penalty points and warned that he had only one penalty point to go. Any further misdemeanour would mean a six-month ban under the totting up procedure. He was also fined £300 with £35 costs.