A Tesla Model 3 driver keen to explore the performance of his electric car will instead be walking, hitching a ride or catching public transport after losing his licence for six months after being caught allegedly driving at 147km/h in a 60km/h residential area – almost two-and-half-times faster than the posted speed limit.
The Sydney man was stopped by police over the Easter Long Weekend – a double demerits period in NSW – which meant his six-point penalty was automatically doubled to 12 points.
Above: A Tesla Model 3 stopped by NSW Police over Easter (number plate obscured for privacy reasons). Source: Facebook.
A 45km/h-plus above the limit speeding offence automatically leads to a six-month licence suspension; in this instance the driver was allegedly 87km/h over the posted sign.
According to the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Facebook page, the driver received a $2520 fine and “an immediate six month licence suspension” after detecting the speed on Saturday evening.
Above: NSW Police allege the Tesla Model 3 was travelling at 147km/h in a 60km/h zone. Source: Facebook.
The Tesla Model 3 was not impounded and the licence plates were not seized for a temporary period, presumably as the vehicle was registered in a company name or not owned by the driver.
Had the Tesla Model 3 been registered in the owner’s name, NSW Police could have impounded the vehicle under anti-hoon legislation for up to three months, with the cost of towing and holding fees at the owner’s expense.
Above: A Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe impounded by NSW Police over Easter. Source: Facebook.
That’s what happened to the driver of a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, who was busted allegedly racing a motorcycle over the same Easter long weekend.
According to the Highway Patrol Facebook page, officers from the central-west NSW regional town of Wagga Wagga detected the Mercedes-AMG and the high-powered motorcycle allegedly travelling at 128km/h in a 50km/h zone.
In addition to each receiving $2520 fines, the driver and rider also faced six-month licence suspensions and their vehicles were impounded for three months.
Above: NSW Police allege the Mercedes was speeding at 128km/h in a 50km/h zone. Source: Facebook.