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01/04/2007 12:42 PM ID: 59328 Permalink   

Taxi Driver Receives Ticket for 420mph... Apparently


UK Taxi Driver Tom Matthews has set a new speed record for a gasoline powered vehicle in his 12-year-old Vauxhall Cavalier. A phenomenal feat, he beat the previous record set in 2004 by Peter O’Flynn (Sales Manager) of 406mph.

He was recorded traveling at a staggering 420mph in a 30mph Zone in Newport, Gwent. Mr Matthews was awarded the standard £60 fine and 3 Points on his licence for his achievement. Mr Matthews speculates there must have been a printing error on the ticket.

An official announcement from the Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership indicates there may have been "an employee processing error" and have apologised for the mistake.

    WebReporter: spacechimp Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
Slow down.
  by: itsalltherage   01/04/2007 04:27 PM     
Wow, obviously a mistake! How could someone not notice that?
  by: kcking05     01/04/2007 04:31 PM     
shouldn't this story be in km h?
  by: RoBBoB     01/04/2007 04:40 PM     
for the first laugh of my day. I needed one. Good story.
  by: John E Angel     01/04/2007 04:45 PM     
  Born to be wild!  
  by: Hollywood   01/04/2007 05:43 PM     
  no big deal  
my ford taurus would have blown by him at around 600 mph. Hell my lawn mower tops out at about 250 mph.
  by: darkrom666   01/04/2007 06:54 PM     
  Will it stand up in the Gunniess Book?  
I think not, though would probably be cool to only have to pay £60 and get 3 points to get such an achievement.

RoBBoB the UK uses MPH and I think we only use metric on weights and measures because we have to because of Europe. I remember at school getting imperial and metric but now I think its just metric. I always ask for things like meat and milk in lbs and pints.
  by: AccessG     01/04/2007 07:03 PM     
  I want to ride in his cab!  
It wouldn't cost much to get from one point to another at 420mph!
  by: Valkyrie123     01/04/2007 08:23 PM     
  by: TheSureshot   01/04/2007 09:21 PM     
  smoking tires?  
420 eh? coincidence? i think not....
  by: foreu2envy   01/05/2007 02:16 AM     
"A phenomenal feet"

should be:

"A phenomenal feat"
  by: StarShadow     01/05/2007 12:39 PM     
  Oh yeah....  
Thanks StarShadow

Can someone correct that for me please.

And to whoever edited in the word Gasoline, we burn Petroleum in the UK <:)

  by: spacechimp     01/05/2007 01:01 PM     
  Fixed Typo; Hi SpaceChimp  
I edited the word to gasoline because the first part of the sentence was a near copy/paste job from the source. To avoid blocking it for that reason, I made the adjustment.

Great article though, thank you for the submission.
  by: Polaris     01/06/2007 09:13 AM     
  haha 420  

(except, this didn't happen in USA, so wtf?)
  by: theironboard     01/06/2007 11:07 AM     
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