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Old 10th January 2007, 02:43   #1
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Default 420mph Cabbie caught speeding in South Wales

420mph Cabbie caught speeding in South Wales, Article

KAWASAKI'S ZZR-1400 is a monstrous bike that can easily pull to its limited 186mph but for those who want that little bit more, you might want to try getting yourself a taxi.

Speed cameras have been called into question after the revelation that a taxi driver has been 'caught' speeding at 420mph. However, the owner, Tom Matthews from Newport in South Wales is not sure how he managed to achieve speeds over twice as fast as the world's fastest production motorcycle - in a 12-year-old diesel Vauxhall Cavalier.

The 38-year-old cabbie wasn't aware that he'd been flashed by a roadside camera until a penalty notice arrived on his doormat. The notice demanded the standard 60 fine we've all come to expect but it also informed him that he'd exceeded the 30mph speed limit by a staggering 390mph.

Mr Matthews told the Sun: "I drive an old Cavalier - not a jumbo jet. According to this, I've broken the land speed record."

He added: "There has been a printing error. If they insist I was going that fast I should be a Grand Prix driver - I'm wasted in taxis."

Convinced that something is amiss he plans to challenge the speeding charge, which has also seen him dealt three penalty points " putting him just nine points away from losing his licence and job.

Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership acknowledges that there is an error, but claim an employee is at fault, not their roadside speeding equipment.

Partnership manager Phil Davies told the Metro: "Due to the size of Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership, we process a large number of offences every year. This error was made by one of our employees and is an extremely rare occurrence. It was not an error in speed recording equipment. We are grateful to Mr Matthews for bringing this to our attention and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Mr Matthews' supposed speed even beats that achieved by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond before his dramatic crash in September 2006.

The presenter had been driving the jet powered Vampire car, which is capable of doing speeds of over 300mph. Driven by Collin Fallows, the car had held the British land speed record, reaching 300.3mph in July 2000. The BBC has denied that Hammond, affectionately known as Hamster, was attempting to beat the record and maintained he crashed at speeds in the low two-hundreds. However, Jeremy Clarkson has claimed Hammond hit 315mph on one run.

If you're riding your ZZR-1400, or even driving your 12-year-old Cavalier, you'd be best advised to steer clear of South Wales.
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There can be a possibality you know . May be when he was sleeping the night before the MacLaren Div might have taken his car back to R&D and might have plonked in a 9000cc triturbo monster capable of pumping out BHP that can make Dr.FRed's claim of " 1000bhp monster " sound more like a Fiat 1100. So after the transplant the cabbie guy gets up in the morning drives the same way not seeing the outside clearly since he wasnt wearing any glassess and since all the windows was up there was no air rush that can hint the speed he was doing . So this can be a tru story , what say guy ? 420 from a 9000cc triturbo set up is possible right ?
Any way I approve it and Hat of to Cabbie driver who remained so composed and cool after doing the 420 stunt !

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It's like when I got an MTNL Bill for 14,00,000,000...
Isn't it GREAT to be living in the computer age...
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in US rate for speeding ticket is around $8 for every 1MPH above limit till 99mph then atleast in Texas it is jail and fines jump to around $5000. but topgear did a test few years ago about speeding camera and at what speed you would be by the camera before it even goes off.
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McLarenracer, it was something like 180 mph for the British speed cams. They'd tested it out in a Tuscan Speed Six.
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A very good number of British speed cameras are shoddy. Few years back a van driver got fined for doing speeding while he was actually driving at 2 mph LOL
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poor guy imagine his face when he saw 420mph speeding ticket.

ps:my 50th post ya i am a bhpian.
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Recently there was another incident in Wales where a tractor was caught doing 68 mph in a 60 mph zone. BUT the tractor's top speed was only 26mph Beat that

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McLarenracer, it was something like 180 mph for the British speed cams. They'd tested it out in a Tuscan Speed Six.
It was 173 mph!
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This reminds me of the French movie "Taxi"...
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oh god....
that guy must have a blurry eyes when he saw that ticket. good heavens
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this must have happened when they were shooting for the taxi movie
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