A biker has been fined more than £2,000 after he tried to avoid detection whilst speeding at over 90mph.
Robert Went, 43, knew he had been caught speeding but thought he would evade justice by covering his registration plate with his hand.
Robert was caught 86mph by a police van
He was caught riding at 86mph by a police van on June 3 last year in Horton, North Yorkshire.
However, Robert, from Bolton, stopped before passing the van to speak to a fellow rider. He then continued riding past the police van, covering the plate on his BMW S1000 RR with his hand. Police said the practice has become common among bikers but they will spend time tracking them down.
As well as being convicted of speeding he has now been convicted of perverting the course of justice. Along with the fine, he will have to do 240 hours of community service. Surely being caught and given a ticket in the first place would have been a better idea for Robert.
North Yorkshire police won’t tolerate these kinds of offences
Traffic cop Andrew Forth said: ‘This is the third motorcyclist successfully prosecuted by North Yorkshire Police for this type of offence, where a rider covers their number plate after being caught speeding. ‘It seems this act is on the increase on North Yorkshire’s roads – but it will not be tolerated.
‘Any reports will be investigated and offenders put before the courts. Other investigations are already underway for similar incidents’.
‘North Yorkshire Police will be actively targeting key locations throughout the year with increased patrols, to make our roads safer for the communities of North Yorkshire.’
It seems as though covering up the number plate on your bike can actually land you in more trouble than being caught and slapped with a fine. In principle, the same treatment would apply to the folding number plate brackets too!