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UK: Lead Motorcyclist In Group Gets Stiffer Speeding Fine

23
November
2009
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
UK

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A new court ruling in the UK has created a precedent of all motorcycle groups travelling together. A biker leading a group of three riders was speeding at 85 mph on a road in Sussex, UK (the limit was 60 mph). He was nabbed by the police, and should have received a £60 fine and three license penalty points.

But... the rider behind him was riding at 103 mph. The court decided to penalize the leader of the group with the same speeding fine for 103 mph, ie, £100 speeding fine and £250 court cost, and 6 penalty points on his license (plus lawyer's costs)..

The court stated "Although his was the lesser speed, [the bench] found it an aggravating feature that he was the lead motorcyclist, was setting the pace and he knew that the other two motorcyclists would want to catch him up and would be speeding to do so."

This means, that in the UK, even if there are only a few of you riding together, the lead rider is responsible for those behind him. If there's a gap, and the others accelerate to catch-up, you, the lead rider is responsible.

What kind of stupidity is that. even if everyone is riding nicely at the speed limit, but one needs to catch-up, you get fined.

Yet another way of trying to get motorcycles of the road....

Via: MCN



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