A delivery driver who was caught speeding 22 times on the same road in just 3 weeks was last week banned for 15 months…
Peter McPherson used to deliver supplies to hotels and restaurants around London, which he’s been doing for 40 years.
The so-called ‘offences’ were committed in a 30mph zone on the A40 in July last year.
Peter pled guilty to all the charges of driving between 35 to 41mph.
4 of the “offences” occurred on the same day within just 14 hours of each other…
At court last week he was given 67 points on his licence and disqualified from driving for 15 months!
The stretch of road that Peter fell foul of became a temporary 30mph limit a couple of years ago during repairs to the road.
However, it seems the Transport for London overlords liked the additional revenue to their coffers so much that they decided to keep the limit at 30mph.
Here’s a picture of the road in question where the limit drops from 40mph to 30mph:
Does this look like a 30mph stretch of road to you?
Drivers are being summoned to court most days for speeding along this very stretch of road…
Its pretty obvious when you look at the case that Peter didn’t realise the speed limit had been arbitrarily
He was hoping magistrates would choose not to ban him from driving because it was an obvious mistake and he wouldn’t be able to work.
But sadly for him, they did.
The “exceptional hardship” argument is very powerful and CAN be used successfully (I did a recent newsletter on it here) but it seems that Peter probably didn’t use a good Solicitor…
He said he was “shocked” when he received all the fines.
Before appearing before the magistrates last week he said:
“If I lose my job I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve never been inside a court before so I’m very nervous, but I’m going to ask to not be banned.
“I’m very worried about the whole situation. I’ve been at the firm for my whole adult life and driven without problems. Everything changed in such a short period of time”.
Last year a Transport for London committee — I bet they’re a fun bunch to be around — said they were “working towards enforcing up to a Million speeding offences by 2024/25.”
I doubt most Members will be surprised to hear I think this kind of treatment of Drivers is immoral, heavy handed and pernicious.
But what do you think?
Let me and other Members know in the comments below:
All the best,
P.S. We are seeing more and more of these “multi ticket” cases at DriveProtect. If you aren’t already a Member, you can get in touch on 01843 232 791, send a message on WhatsApp to 07403 921048, or become a Member online with the BTST Member Discount here