Man banned for dangerous driving after speeding for Shabbat

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Man banned for dangerous driving after speeding for Shabbat

Jehoshua Gross has been banned for 15-months after driving 60 miles with a damaged car

A crashed up car posted by the North Wales police
A crashed up car posted by the North Wales police

A London man has been fined and banned from driving for the next 15 months after continuing to drive 60 miles after a car crash in order to get to his destination in time for the start of Shabbat.

Jehoshua Gross, 27, was heading for the north coast of Wales on Friday, July 29, when he collided with a truck, the BBC reported. His Honda Civic sustained severe front-end damage.

He drove on the shoulders of four major roads to avoid heavy traffic and parts of his car flew off along the way, the prosecution told magistrates at a court in Llandudno in Wales this week.

“His standard of driving posed a real risk of serious injury to others,” the North Wales Police said. Another driver followed Gross and alerted police to the danger.

Gross’ attorney told the court that his faith was an “essential” part of his life, and he was concerned that he would not be able to exit his car if he got to his destination after sundown and the start of the Jewish Sabbath.

Gross, the father of three young children, pleaded guilty to the charges. His car has been confiscated and he will have to take a new driving test in order to begin driving again after the 15-month suspension.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: