Mechanic who crashed £220k car on MoT fined £280


The car with its owner

Andrew Mitchinson, a 37-year-old mechanic from Low Skelyghyll Farm, Windermere, has appeared in court, after crashing a £220,000 Lamborghini (pictured with its owner) when he was supposed to be conducting an MoT brake test.

He admitted driving without due care and attention - so what is his punishment?


According to the Daily Telegraph, Mitchinson took the Lamborghini Murcielago out on a brake test in Staveley, Cumbria, in November last year, because putting it through the garage's rolling road brake-tester would have damaged the car. However, during the test he skidded on a wet road, clipped a kerb, spun, and crashed into a parked Ford Focus - writing off both cars.

Witnesses said he had been driving too fast (in a car with a top speed of 211 miles per hour), and he admitted driving without due care and attention.


However, his fine was vanishingly small. He will pay court costs of £350, a victim penalty to the car owner of £30 - and a fine of £280. He was also given six points on his licence.

The Daily Mail reported that the owner of the Ford Focus was furious at the level of the punishment.

However, despite the expense caused by the accident, the courts decreed it was not the most dangerous class of offence of this kind. They could have put between 3 and 9 points on the mechanic's licence, and decided to go half-way.

Likewise, the fine is roughly average. According to, the typical fine for this class of offence is between £200 and £800 and is means-tested. The absolute maximum that can be imposed is £5,000, but this is a theoretical possibility rather than a regular occurrence.

This is the first accident Mitchinson had suffered in the 20 years he had been driving customers' cars, which would have counted in his favour. The courts also take into account where the driver pleads guilty at the first available opportunity.

But what do you think? is this a fair punishment? let us know in the comments.