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Tory peer Zac Goldsmith is banned from driving & ordered to pay £8k after clocking up 11 speeding offences in 2 years

ZAC Goldsmith has been banned from driving and was ordered to pay £8k in fines after clocking up 11 speeding offences in two years.

The Tory peer and former environment minister was sentenced at Westminster magistrates court today.

PAConservative candidate Zac Goldsmith was sentenced at court today[/caption]

Goldsmith, 42, was ordered to pay £8,200 after he was caught speeding multiple times.

Goldsmith racked up 12 penalty points on his licence over four speeding incidents between May 2022 and March last year.

He was punished with fixed penalty fines and points on his licence, but was not disqualified from driving.

After being spared a ban, Goldsmith was clocked speeding a further seven times between May to December last year.

District Judge Daniel Sternberg sentenced Goldsmith to fines totalling £5,500 for the latest seven offences, plus a £2000 victim surcharge and costs of £700.

The judge said speeding puts offending drivers “and all other road users at risk”, and he noted the illegal practice “generates more harmful emissions”.

He banned Goldsmith from driving for the next 12 months.

A lawyer for the peer said he has an “acceptance of guilty and an anxiety to ensure he is not brought before the court again”.

The court heard he was first caught out travelling in VW Golf at 29mph in a 20mph zone in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, on April 27 last year.

A month later, on May 31, the peer was clocked at 47mph in a 40mph zone in Twickenham, west London, and he was caught again on July 18 on the A402 in Paddington.

On August 3, Goldsmith broke the 40mph limit on the same stretch of road in Twickenham, going 47, and he was caught at 75mph in a temporary 50mph limit on the M4 on September 30.

Meanwhile, on November 10 in Feltham he was caught on 46mph in a 40mph zone.

And his final offence was speeding at 62mph in a 50mph zone on the M25 on December 14.

Goldsmith was previously banned from driving in 2014 after being caught speeding three times in the space of three months.

Lord Goldsmith ran unsuccessfully to be London Mayor in 2016, when he was defeated by Sadiq Khan.

He served as a minister in Boris Johnson’s government.



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