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Driver Clocked on M25 at 149mph

Published 27 May 2014

Highest maximum speeds recorded by speed cameras are coming down. The highest speed recorded on a UK motorway between April 2013 and May 2014 was 149mph on the M25 at Swanley, Kent.

Previous highest maximum speeds recorded have been 170mph plus, for which drivers have been convicted of dangerous driving and have served prison sentences.

In response to a Freedom of Information request by the Insitute of Advanced Motorists, 33 local police authorities released their figures for the perios April 2013 to May 2013.

Other findings include:

The highest speed recorded on a 30mph road was 96mph on the B1288, on Leam Lane, Gateshead

The highest speed recorded on a 50mph road was 119mph on the A414 Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire.

The highest speed recorded on a 60mph road was 127mph on the A413 Wendover By-Pass, Wendover

The current guidelines to magistrates on sentencing for speeding include:

70 mph road: For driving between 101 and 110 mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.

50 mph road: For driving between 76 and 85 mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.

30 mph road: For driving between 51 and 60mph. Fine plus 6 points or disqualified for 7-56 days.

However, with the guidance of police, it is at the discretion of magistrates to charge drivers clocked at higher speeds with the offence of "dangerous driving" that can carry a prison sentence.

How dangerous obviously depends on the time of day, the weather conditions and the amount of traffic at the time.

In Germany, speeds far exceeding 150mph in good conditions are still permitted on some stretches of autobahn. Though German authorities come down very heavily on drivers exceeding posted speed limits on autobahns and elsewhere.

And in France, a speed of 30kmh over the posted limit earns the driver a 28 day ban, effective immediately. If there is no other driver in the car legally capable of taking over, the driver has to call someone to drive the car home.

More at IAM

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