And the temptation proved just too much for Darlington class car dealer Simon Robinson.
Robinson, 60, who owns Ketton Garage in Coatham Mundeville, couldn’t resist getting behind the wheel of Jaguar and a Boxster on his own, even though he had only a provisional licence.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while disqualified at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper told the court Robinson was disqualified for dangerous driving in 2008 and has not yet passed the extended test to get his licence back, although he did have a provisional licence.
His solicitor told magistrates Robinson drove to a motor show to exhibit the car with a driver who was meant to return with him. But when he did not do so, Robinson ‘succumbed to the temptation’ to drive back, even though he was aware he was not allowed to drive on his own.
Then, on another occasion, a car needed petrol, he was the only one available, so drove to fill it up. ‘A foolish decision, he accepts,’ said his solicitor.
Robinson was given an eight-week custodial sentence, suspended for six months, his licence was endorsed with six penalty points, he was banned from driving for another three months and ordered to pay £165.