A MAN has kept hold of his driving licence despite totting up 13 points for motoring offences.

George Hunter, 34, pleaded guilty before Kendal magistrates after driving a transit van northbound along the M6 without insurance or a licence.

He had previously been handed six points for driving without insurance and magistrates gave him another seven for the latest two offences, which took place on August 3 last year.

Usually 12 points would mean an automatic ban from the road.

But the dad-of-three did not have his licence revoked, after he told magistrates that he needed it for his work as a carpet-cutter.

He said: “I’ve got to deliver rugs and pick up carpet rollings to make the rugs.

“If I cannot do that I’m out of a job.

“I’ve got three children dependent on me and my wife works for me.”

He was fined a total of £250.