Uber driver used fake IDs to dodge speeding fines
An Uber driver with the worst speeding history a magistrate has ever seen has been allowed to keep his licence, despite him creating fake identities to try to avoid paying speeding fines. Michael Lederman signed statutory declarations saying he was not the driver when he got speeding notices, instead claiming the car was driven by someone else, a court heard.
Lederman had created four fake identities, claiming they were the drivers responsible for his nine speeding infringements and one for failing to stop at a red light.
Authorities went to great lengths to try to trace fictitious drivers named by Lederman, police prosecutor Sergeant Tara Williams said.
Checks had to be made with Births, Deaths and Marriages, Department of Home Affairs, Victorian Police and State Penalty Enforcement Register over a long period.
Lederman, 65, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday to 10 fraud charges and 10 charges of making false declarations, between 2016 and 2020.
Looking at Lederman's traffic history, Magistrate Athol Kennedy said he been a magistrate for a long time and he had never seen a worse speeding history for a driver.
Mr Kennedy said at one stage in September, last year, Lederman had been caught speeding almost daily.
He said Lederman had committed most of the offences to avoid a $150 fine or a one-point loss on his licence for speeding.
Mr Kennedy said Lederman could have avoided it by simply taking his foot off the accelerator.
Sgt Williams asked the magistrate to give Lederman a 12-months-suspended jail term and disqualify him from driving.
Lederman's defence lawyer said he was a highly educated man who had various professional jobs, but for the first time in his life he had found something he liked doing - Uber driving.
A psychologist's report said Lederman committed the offences because he feared losing the lifestyle he had created as an Uber driver, which allowed him to be his own boss.
Mr Kennedy sentenced Lederman to six months' jail, immediately suspended for 15 months, and ordered him to be on probation for 15 months.
He said he would not disqualify Kennedy from driving, to give him some chance of continuing to work as an Uber driver, but he recorded the convictions.
Lederman is under a good driver behaviour period, after loss of demerit points, meaning he will lose his licence if he loses a point before September.
He has twice had his licence suspended, but had it reinstated after appeals.
Originally published as Uber driver used fake IDs to dodge speeding fines