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Biker's 244km/h=year riding ban

2012-10-30 11:07

LONDON, England - A motorcyclist trapped at 244km/h on a road in Sussex, England, has been disqualified from riding/driving.

Steven Tull was caught riding his Yamaha R1 by a speed camera in October 2011 in west Sussex. At the time it was the fastest speed recorded by a traffic camera in the country.

According to the Daily Mail, Tull was found guilty by a Worthing Magistrates' Court of dangerous driving, speeding and driving without a valid test certificate.

'IT WAS A MISTAKE'

The court banned him from driving/riding for a year, ordered him to complete 200 hours of voluntary work and he was billed for R8622 in prosecution costs.

His lawyer, Marie Lewiecki, told the court Tull has never had a previous speeding offence in 20 years. His client admitted he was speeding but that he didn't know how fast he was going, the Daily Mail reported.

He told the court, "I had a momentary lack of discipline. There was no reason to keep accelerating. It was a mistake, I shouldn't have exceeded the limit.”

District Judge Hine said: “I know you find it hard to accept your driving was dangerous. The reason you were convicted of dangerous driving is what could have happened.

“You could have been involved in a fatal accident, it was an unbelievable speed. You could have lost control of the vehicle and put other people at risk.

“That nothing happened is nothing short of good fortune. The defendant had no idea what speed he was driving at any stage.

"I find that incredible," he said.

Do you think the penalty - a year's ban and community service - was a big enough penalty. Tell us in the Readers' Comments section below or email Wheels24

Comments
  • don.odendaal - 2012-10-30 12:35

    First offence (read first time cought) This Darwin Candidate doing this still has his no plate on He expects us to believe he is riding an R1 and dosen't speed BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Blixum - 2012-10-30 23:37

    Didn't know you could pay your fine in SA Rands in the UK....

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-02 06:16

    Too harsh. Let him ride a Vespa for the year.

      my10cent - 2012-11-13 08:01

      @blip.noodlum, i have gone from big bikes to riding a scooter and you will not believe how it has changed me - i'm a more cautious and more considerate motorcyclist because of it.

  • zunaid.baba - 2012-11-05 22:32

    I'm a biker when I hit the highway I always have no plate on you don't know where these guys hide I got caught 175 in 100 zone never again

  • Kevin Paidamoyo Chakanyuka - 2012-11-08 14:05

    mmmmm this guy was going but not that much i hope when he gets to ride again he wont do it coz he is going to miss he's R1 for a long time

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