Five of the biggest Speeding tickets ever issued in the UK
Speeding is the one thing we all do at some point regardless of if we admit it or not. On any road, if you exceed the governed limit by even 1mph then by the letter of the law, you are speeding.
For some drivers though, a few miles an hour over the limit wasn’t enough. In fact, some of these speeding tickets are for such eye wateringly huge numbers that it will make you wonder how they ever managed to achieve such speed on a public road at all.
1. Seat Leon Cupra – 154mph
One man managed a staggering 154mph in his Leon Cupra in April 2016 on the A11 in Suffolk. For this 84mph of additional speed, the driver received a 56-day ban and a £365 fine for his ‘efforts’.
Fun Fact of the day aside from the driver being a bit dim-witted is that a Leon Cupra tops out at 155mph.
2. BMW M3 – 156.7mph
This genius was clocked doing 156.7mph on the A90 between Aberdeen and Dundee in March 2003. To make matters even worse the driver in question was driving while disqualified.
For this one, the driver received a four-year ban and five months in jail. At the time it was the highest speed ever recorded by Scottish Police, not the sort of record anyone wants let’s be honest.
3. Vauxhall Vectra – 159mph
No that is not a typo, as the title states a Vauxhall Vectra was caught doing 159mph while being driven by a Police Officer no less.
The officer in question decided it would be a great idea to test his unmarked Vectra Police car in the early hours of 3rd December 2003. On the way to reaching 159mph in the M54, he also managed 91mph in a 30mph zone. After various trials and retrials, the officer was found guilty of dangerous driving but allowed to keep his job. Most people were just surprised that he was able to get a Vauxhall Vectra to such a high speed in the first place.
4. Porsche 911 Turbo – 172mph
This feat of stupidity took place in January 2007 on the A420 near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The driver was only caught as a stationary police officer had pulled over another driver for speeding at 115mph.
To make matters even worse, the driver of the Porsche had borrowed the car from his workplace without permission. He was jailed for three months and received a three-year driving ban for this one.
5. Nissan GT-R – 192mph
In 2015 this speeder somehow managed not to get caught doing 192mph on a Northamptonshire road. What he did do though was film his speeding while keeping it for bragging rights (smart move!).
After being arrested for unrelated offences, the driver was caught when police checked the contents of his phone and found the videos. For this insanity, he received 28 months in jail and a decade long ban from driving. Clearly this driver won’t be joining MENSA anytime soon.