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21 January 2011, 12:42
A motorcyclist was handed a driving ban at Southampton Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to speeding offences in the city.
Roger Tobola, 51, of Whites Road, Bitterne, was disqualified for six months and ordered to pay a £750 fine, £35 costs and £15 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to three counts of driving at speeds in excess of 30mph and 50mph on Maybray King Way and Mountbatten Way respectively.
The offences were:
74mph in a 30 limit along Maybray King Way June 19, 2010 at 5:51am.
112mph in a 50 limit along Mountbatten Way on July 1, 2010 at 5:47am.
107mph in a 50 limit along Mountbatten Way on July 6, 2010 at 7:42am.
Despite his Yamaha XJR 1300 having no front registration plate, officers were able to identify Tobola at a later date by his clothing and helmet. The route that he used was for commuting to and from work.
PC Mick Gear, Bikesafe coordinator for the Safer Roads Partnership said: "A lot of riders seem to be under the misapprehension that, if they don’t have front registration plates, they are untouchable by the law if they break speed restrictions.
"As today’s prosecution – and the many before it – has shown, this is not the case and we continue to work to bring these offenders to justice.
"It’s a great shame that thoughtless and inconsiderate bikers like these ruin the reputation of the majority of law abiding motorcyclists."