The CEO of Lotus sports cars said that the only reason he was speeding at 102 mph is because he was test driving company cars in England. This excuse usually wouldn’t work on one of England’s major suburban roads, but it worked for CEO Jean-Marc Gales.
Gales overstepped the speed limit for 30 miles more than the A11’s speed limit is, because he wanted to ‘test out’ a newer model of his company’s luxury cars. The thing is that he already had eight points on his license before this infraction. However, he convinced the magistrate not to give him any further points which would probably lead to him losing his license because it was important that he test out new cars himself.
Magistrate Mary Wyndham noted that Gales should avoid the A11 and other residential areas and stick to testing cars on a test track.
Simon Nicholls defended Gales before the magistrates’ court. Nicholls assured the magistrates that a short ban would be more helpful for everyone involved rather than adding more points to Gales’s record. She explained that even though driving faster than the speed limit he was still driving very carefully.
Nicholls later called the sentencing “handrails not handcuffs.” He later told the Telegraph in an interview that the decision was a “common sense decision.” He pointed that there far more dangerous drivers out there for, example the ones using their cellphones while driving. But not everybody agreed with him. Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, said that driving over the speed limit is selfish, reckless and pzts lives in danger. He said that that kind of driving can not be justified and that Gales should be happy for not getting even worse punishment.
In fact, Harris and other road safety advocates have a right to be frustrated. This sentencing isn’t the first time Gales has committed driving infractions. It’s not even the first time Gales has sped on the A11 roadway. In 2014, police caught Gales speeding at 96 mph on the same suburban road. However, that time he was given five points added to his record and fined an additional £400 ($567).
Had Gales received the same punishment for his infraction on this most recent incident, the CEO would be barred from the A11 for over six months