I am amazed at myself for feeling so outraged when I read the report. Surely by any standard such an offence.......no other offence seems to have been committed.........warranted a simple warning from police. Indeed the bench could have used its discretion in the level of fine.
I recollect an incident when I had recently begun working professionally and my car at the time was a very old and a bit rusty Mini Cooper S in mechanically perfect condition but with some mickey mouse door decorations stuck on by a previous owner. I was stopped by a police car whilst well within the limit (30MPH) and after the usual questions on ownership, insurance etc I was made to test every single aspect of the vehicle so an officious bastard of a young cop could check if everything from warning lights, to brake pedal, to handbrake, to seatbelts, to steering wheel, to brake lights, to indicators, to windscreen washers was working effectively. They were. His face took on the appearance of one miserable so and so as if he were fourth in line for three free cup final tickets. He kicked my front off side tyre and returned to his vehicle. The fact that I remember every minute of that stop so long ago indicates the effect it had on me.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.