A 40-YEAR-OLD man, who has repeatedly ignored driving bans, has avoided a jail term after being caught behind the wheel again.

Robert Jackson, formerly of Paul Street, Lochgelly and now of Abbotsford Drive, Glenrothes, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on May 5 last year at Woodend Place, Hill of Beath, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.

The court heard Jackson had been banned from driving until he passed the extended test, following his disqualification period, but did not do so.

He was caught driving by police at 10am.

Sheriff David Hall, having read the social work report, said: “His excuse here was that he was in the process of purchasing a car and took it for a test drive, knowing he shouldn’t.”

Sheriff Hall also noted Jackson had six previous convictions for the same offence.

He told Jackson: “You’re really not learning your lesson. You’ve had custodial sentences before for driving while disqualified and you’re still doing it.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with one year’s supervision, a five-month restriction of liberty order and another driving ban for 12 months and until he passed the extended test.