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    Default French man ticketed for 138km/h - Car can only do 120

    http://fr.news.yahoo.com/050820/202/4jpz4.html
    RENNES (AFP) - Un automobiliste de Belle-Ile (Morbihan) flashé par un radar automatique sur le continent à 138 km/h dans une voiture incapable de dépasser les 120 et qui n'a pas quitté l'île depuis cinq ans a dû payer malgré tout 135 euros, risque de perdre 4 points de permis et désespère de se faire entendre par l'administration.
    M. André Boru, habitant de Belle-Ile, a fait constater par la gendarmerie locale et par la Compagnie Morbihanaise de Navigation qui effectue les navettes avec le continent que sa petite Fiat Panda vieille de 14 ans se trouvait bien sur l'île au moment de l'infraction le 8 août.

    Il a également fait certifier par le constructeur que le modèle de sa voiture était incapable, neuf, de dépasser 120 km/h, mais rien n'y a fait.

    "Malgré toutes mes démarches, je me heurte à un mur", a-t-il expliqué à l'AFP. "J'ai dû payer 135 euros pour pouvoir contester l'infraction et demander une photo que je n'ai toujours pas reçue: il paraît qu'il faut six semaines".

    "Les gendarmes et le centre des amendes m'ont dit que j'étais sans doute victime d'un véhicule équipé de fausses plaques, et j'ai donc demandé à changer d'immatriculation. Mais ce n'est possible que si je porte plainte, et pour celà il me faut la photo que je n'ai pas. Pendant ce temps, je risque de recevoir une nouvelle contravention et tout sera à recommencer", s'irrite-t-il.
    Quick translation:

    A motorist from Belle-Isle flashed by a speed camera at 138km/h on continental France in a car whose top speed was 120km/h and the man had never left the island in five years has to pay anyway 135 euros and risks 4 demerit points on his license.

    M. André Boru, resident of Belle-Ile, had contacted the police and the Compagnie Morbihanaise de Navigation which ran the ferries between the island and mainland France, affirmed that his 14 year old Fiat Panda was indeed still on the island the moment of the infraction on the 8th of August.

    He had also had the manufacturer certify that the model of his car was incapable, new to go beyond 120km/h, but nothing was done.

    "Despite all my troubles, I hit a wall" he explained to the AFP. "I had to pay 135 euro just to contest the infraction and ask for a photo I never recieved - it seems that it takes six weeks".

    "The police and fine centre told me that I was without a doubt victim of a vehicle with cloned plates, and I asked to change the number. But it was impossible if I was guilty, and for this I needed the photo that I didn't recieve. For now, I risk getting a new ticket and it will all start over"

    Now that must be frustrating! :shock:

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    My story wouldn't help this guy, but, in 1985 the corvette was advertised as the fastest production car made by Detroit. It was said to go from 0 to 60 in 5.28 seconds.

    Straight off the dealers lot I took a 4,000 mile road trip to break it in. After numerous unofficial tries with amazing results, I took it to a local dragstrip and consistently ran 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds.

    Detroit was wrong. Fiat could be also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmaartAasSaabr
    Under 5 sec with only 230hp?
    Dont forget that this car has great aero and has the Torque. 8)

 

 

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