A comedian who advertised an insurance comparison site has received a six month driving ban for having invalid insurance.
Omid Dijalili appeared in an ad for Moneysupermarket in which he encouraged drivers to overcome their shyness of haggling by using the comparison sites to get a better deal.
Embarrassingly he received the ban, along with a total of £2,900 in fines, after a single journey created a string of breaches. Dijalili rode a moped in a cycle-only lane in London and was stopped by police. The moped was impounded when it emerged he had 12 penalty points on his license.
Although at that stage Dijalili had not received the standard driving ban for hitting the 12 point mark, doing so automatically invalidated his insurance. To make things worse, his driving license had already expired.
Dijalili, who is reported to have received a total of 36 penalty points in his life, says he will contest some of the points that brought him up to the 12 point threshold. He'll also appeal against the ban because he believes using public transport puts him at risk of harrassment.