Driver proves old car couldn't do 98mph

A motorist accused of speeding at 98mph beat the rap after spending £1,200 to prove his 14-year-old car could only reach 85mph.

Dale Lyle, 21, from Bristol, was amazed when told a mobile speed camera had clocked his 1.3 litre Honda Civic at nearly 100mph.

He contested the case and magistrates told him to provide evidence to support his claim, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Lyle said: "I was in total disbelief when I opened the letter. I have never driven any car at 98mph. It is such a small car I would not feel safe. It is a glorified Japanese shopping trolley."

So he bought back the car from the friend he had sold it to for £600, and paid an independent driving specialist another £600 to speed test it on a two-mile circuit.

The results showed the Honda could only travel at a maximum of 85.4mph in fourth gear and 81.3mph in fifth gear.

After producing the evidence at Plymouth magistrates' court, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to offer no evidence against him. Mr Lyle now plans to ask the court for £1,200 in compensation to cover his costs.

After obtaining the mobile speed camera footage of his alleged offence, Mr Lyle said he believed the speed camera was confused because there were three cars in the frame.

Mr Lyle faced a fine and possible ban if he had been convicted of speeding on the A38 near Plymouth, Devon.


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