Unlicenced drive to get a quote costs plasterer his job

PLASTERER Alex Basargin was driving out early to consult over a bathroom reno job when the suspended driver was stopped by police.

He also had a later court appointment for a drink driving charge.

Basargin, 38, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving unlicensed when suspended on Glenlyon Road at 8.50am on July 3.

Defence lawyer Kylie Devney said Basargin was going out to get a quote for a bathroom renovation.

There had been a misunderstanding about his licence.

She said he had also gone to get a work licence while waiting for a drink driving matter but unfortunately had not waited before driving.

He was devastated by the disqualification as the loss of his licence meant the self employed plasterer would lose his work.

Magistrate Mark Morrow said while he could understand him driving for work to get a quote but he had to have a licence.

When asked what had happened to the drink driving offence in court, Mr Morrow was told the matter had not yet been dealt with.

He fined Basargin $750 and disqualified him from driving for two years, saying this meant he no longer had the special work licence.