A TAXI driver has been jailed for six months after claiming someone else was driving his vehicle when it was clocked speeding.

Cameras caught Stephen Foster-Dight speeding three times in Oxford in November and December 2012 but he denied being the driver on each occasion.

He gave officers details of a man in America, saying he committed two of the crimes, while claiming the other speeding offence was committed by his wife.

But further investigations showed the 57-year-old, of Marlow Bottom, was using the vehicle as a taxi each time it was caught by the speed cameras.

Foster-Dight was given a six month prison sentence by an Oxford Crown Court judge on Thursday, January 30 after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice. He was also slapped with a 12 month driving ban.

Investigating officer PC Carl Lewis said: "Nobody likes receiving speeding tickets through the post, but their purpose is to deter unsafe driving practices in order to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

"This sends out a clear message that those who try to evade the relevant penalties for speeding offences will be dealt with.

"By asking family members to accept speeding tickets that are not their own also puts them at serious risk of receiving a prison sentence."