Following a request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), Police authorities have released data under the Freedom of Information Act detailing speeding offences.
149mph is the speed recorded by a driver on the M25 in Swanley, Kent. This makes it the fastest car recorded by Police in England since April 2013.
Simon Best, the IAM’s chief executive, said: “149 miles per hour equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute. If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you. Speed limits are a limit. They are not a target to beat.”
The UK road speed limit is 70 mph, however, 149mph is not the only instance of reckless speeding. Another driver was clocked doing 96 mph in the B1288 in Gateshead – 60 miles over the limit.
In Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, a car was caught at 119 mph on a 50 mph road and where the limit with 10 mph faster in Wendover, a driver did 127 mph.
All speeding offences can be punished in court by a driving ban, suspension or licence points. The IAM believes the message about speeding has “not got through” and the group wants it to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
It is calling for sustained campaigning by the government, motor industry and charities to remind people that speeding kills.
Mr Best said court sentencing guidelines were outdated and did not match modern roads and cars.
He added: “We all share the roads with these speeding drivers and the government must crack down on them with more consistent penalties and tougher measures to break their addiction for speed.”