FORMER cricketer Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months after racking up six speeding offences in three years.
The Australian spin bowler (pictured) admitted breaking a 40mph limit in a hired Jaguar car in Kensington when he had 15 penalty points on his licence, Wimbledon magistrates heard.
Warne, 50, who was not in court, was clocked at 47mph at 6.29am on a slip road on August 23 last year.
Deputy district judge Adrian Turner questioned why Warne, who committed six speeding offences between April 2016 and last August, was not automatically banned after collecting 12 points.
Barry Warburton, defending, said system errors mean drivers can avoid disqualification. ‘You get people on the road with 30 points,’ he said. ‘There might be a slight change of address, maybe the date of birth was entered wrongly, you can actually have a high amount of points without totting.’
Imposing the ban, the judge said: ‘The purpose of disqualification is to punish and to protect the public and to deter.’
Warne, of Little Venice, west London, was ordered to pay £1,845 in fines and costs.
The ban means Warne, who is currently in Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill golf tournament, cannot drive in any country within the EU.
Regarded as one of the game’s best bowlers, Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia before retiring from international cricket in 2007.