Bentley driver gets 56 day ban. Biker gets 12 months jail

We bikers are fair and balaced. It seems the justice system isn't

Posted: 11 August 2009
by Ben Cope

Don't worry too much about speeding if you own one of these

A BENTLEY driver who was busted for speeding at 138mph on the M6 has been given a 56-day driving ban, just a month after a biker who was caught doing 139mph has been jailed for a year.

David Boothman, who comes from the Isle of Man, bought the 2-tonne Bentley as a 60th birthday present to himself and his barrister claims that because he lives on the Isle of Man where they don't have speed limits on their best roads, we should be able to understand how he could find himself doing almost double the limit on the M6 - one of our worst roads.

However, David Saxby, 40, was caught by Humberside police doing 139mph on his motorcycle earlier in the year and jailed for 12 months last month for dangerous driving.

So there you have it. Our justice system is clearly fair..



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What a freeken joke, the biker wouldn't of done much damage, only to himsefl and prehaps a few others, a two tonne car could take out a school minu bus!

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 16:35


Bentley driver gets 56 day ban. Biker gets 12 months jail
We bikers are fair and balaced. It seems the justice system isn't

...Good morning!

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 16:42

Takes the piss!  There should be a re-trial what a load of bolloks! bloody corrupt system.

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 18:44

Down to money, If you get a Bentley for your birthday then you will not be short of a few bob and it's an unfortunate truth that money can buy freedom.

Sorry state for justice and health for that matter (don't get me started....)

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 19:00

To be quite honest, if I were handed a 12 month custodial sentence for every time I did 139mph or more, I’d need at least 300 years to serve my time.

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 19:33

haha brilliant @ the stick

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 21:06

It's not the offence, it's the lawyer. That's why the bentley's driver's lawyer earns probably more than 20x as much as the biker's lawyer. no news here

Posted: 11/08/2009 at 23:15

Each court case is judged on its mirits. There are some differences between the two cases. The biker was doing 139 mph on a SINGLE carriageway and was convicted not for his speeding (which had lapsed the 6 months when the case was in court) but for the dangerous overtake at speed near a blind bend. So he was done for dangerous riding. On a single carriageway the max speed is 60 so 139 is more then twice over. 

The Bentley man on the other hand was only done for speeding. He was under twice the maximum speed but one can argue that a MOTORWAY is build to drive at speed safely so going over the speed limit is not necessarily dangerous driving. He got more punishment: "as well as the driving ban, Boothman was ordered to pay a £500 fine, £60 costs and a victim’s surcharge of £15." That said, a driving ban of just 56 days is a light punishment, it could have been much more. I don't know whether such a driving ban would be enforced on the Isle of Man however. 

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 09:52

 what a croc of shit!!!! drivers always get off lighter than bikes ..

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 12:34

The only crock of shit here is the article at the top of the page. Come on people, are you really that easily led by press propaganda?  The two cases are very different. On top of the differences highlighted by Mansie125 there is also the fact that the biker that got 12 months for dangerous driving also had a previous record for driving while disqualified and had a real cocky attitude.  All this is proof of is that more serious offences committed by people with a previous record get greater sentences. That’s a good think in my opinion.

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 13:37

I don't know whether such a driving ban would be enforced on the Isle of Man however.

 I don't think so, our pathetic government allows isle of man offences to be put on our UK licences but I am pretty sure the Manx government will not have it the other way round, double standards really.  Why do they not ask the French or the German govenments if they can do the samer to them, they know they will get told to poke it.

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 15:15

Regardless off the diffrerences in the cases and even without the comparison with the Bentley driver, a custodial sentnence doesn't make sense at all to me.

Especially not with the current situation with prisons.

A longer ban and/or bigger means tested fine, should have been the way in my opinion.

 Locking up should be for people like the guys who burlged my mom's place and  didn't get ANY time. Even though they had previous.

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 15:27

Saint998 wrote (see)

Locking up should be for people like the guys who burlged my mom's place and  didn't get ANY time. Even though they had previous.

Sorry mate, no room at the HM Wormwood Scrubs Inn cause it's full of dangerous criminal speeders!

...our government keeping crime in perspective!

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 15:46

...our government keeping crime in perspective!

too true ...

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 17:20

our governments a useless bunch of pricks.

they could be out catching murderers rapists drug dealers etc but they waste there fucking time with speeding. admittedly either of the speeders could have killed someone if summit went wrong but it is still rediculous. i got stopped for a smaller number plate. honestly, i told em to go catch a drug dealer, they told me they have more important things to do, like stopping bikers for small number plates and loud *safer* cans.

it also still seems that the government prefer congestion, high emissions and twats driving bentleys than low emission, small, cheap and significantly less dangerous bikes. whats a biker gonna do to a bus of kids compared to a 2 tonne bentley at 140 MPH???  

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 18:33

I read somewhere that the national speed limit was initially brought in to help reduce fuel consumption. Maybe someone on here knows if that is true?

It does seem that our justice system is less interested in chasing and catching hard criminals. Guess its just easier to get drivers and riders. The law is clearer with this subject, Its black and white really, either your going faster than the speed limit or your not. Much less risk of their time going down the tubes.

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 18:45

Lets face it, we all enjoy twisting that throttle on our lively machines every once in a while. Last year, i bought a Triumph Sprint ST 955i and on the way back from Bristol gave it a little squeeze.......135 mph later i couldn't believe how quick it got there and how safe it felt too. This plonker with previous was doing what he did at the wrong time and in the wrong place and i admit, i would have had the book thrown at me if i had been stopped by the old bill, but the pure adrenalin flowed on that little occasion and i am sure it was the same for the guy this story is all about. I know i was wrong doing it but i still don't understand why he was locked up for a 12 stretch unless he was being really stupid to the faces of the old bill who stopped him. Only thing to add to this is at least he will be out after a 6 stretch if he behaves himself...... 

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 21:08

It seems like the whole point of sending the biker to jail has been to make an example of him, to send a message to all his speeding, adrelanine-addicted biker mates. The judge just wanted to get us ranting about it for the whole Summer and, hopefully, think twice before we twist the throttle. Of course the sentence is over the top so I expect the biker will appeal and will get his sentence reduced or will get some lame community order. But by then, the biking season will be over.

Posted: 13/08/2009 at 00:49

Until judgement day comes there will always be a certain ammount of subjectivity in every court case.

 The Terminator

Posted: 13/08/2009 at 19:32

Yet another example of our pathetic justice system. However, instead of simply bleating about this get onto the inadequates, who oversee this rubbish. Get a letter to the Justic Minister and any other incompetent policiians you can think of, leetting them know your displeasure, and to explain it all.

The vast majority of the population are tired with the inadequacies and dishonesty of those running our country. They need to know that they are an inadequate bunch, who ignore the real issues. Remaining quiet, and only showing concern for small stuff such as MP's expenses convinces those in power that we are happy with how they do their jobs.

Until the powers that be get the message there'll be repeat tales of bikers being treat as tenth class citizens.

Posted: 13/08/2009 at 21:01

Any chance of getting David Saxbys barristers name?

Posted: 19/08/2009 at 08:04

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