Drive ban for no-insurance Jamelia
8:16pm Friday 17th January 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Loose Women star Jamelia has told of her regret after she was fined and banned from the road for driving without insurance.
The presenter and singer - whose hits include Superstar - was penalised by magistrates in Redditch, Worcestershire, this week after they heard that she had thought the online policy would be automatically renewed.
She said that she was "horrified" to find she was not properly insured and warned others to be vigilant about their insurance arrangements to avoid the same mistake.
Jamelia said: "I was horrified when I was told that I was driving my car without insurance.
"Unfortunately, it is an easy mistake to make in a busy life when you do your insurance online. In the interests of everyone's road safety I would urge everyone who does so to check carefully exactly when their policies are due for renewal.
"Certainly, driving without insurance is not something I would ever knowingly have done and I am sorry that I did so inadvertently."
She was given a 45-day ban and fined £455 with £60 costs after pleading guilty to driving without third party insurance and with defective tyres.