Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has been found guilty of speeding after claiming he was being chased by paparazzi at the time.
Cole was pulled over in his Lamborghini Gallardo on the A3 in Kingston, Surrey by police in November 2008, when a speed gun recorded him driving at 104mph in a 50mph zone.
Swinton, the UK’s leading high street retailer of car insurance, is warning motorists to ensure that they stick to the speed limits or they could face a ban and fine of up to Pounds Sterling 2,500.
Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said “Ashley Cole can expect a hefty fine and penalty points for driving 54mph over the speed limit. This level of speeding is a serious offence which can sometimes result in an immediate disqualification from driving. A driving ban can often be in the region of 28 days but can also be substantially longer for repeat offences.”
Swinton estimate that over six million drivers in the UK now have points on their licence, and that the UK’s 6,000 speed cameras record over two million drivers speeding each year.
Steve Chelton explains: “As well as the punishment dealt by the legal system following a speeding offence, Ashley Cole should be aware of the extra costs of car insurance as a result of this offence. Failure to notify your insurance company of penalty points on your licence can put your insurance policy in jeopardy should you have to make a claim.”
Swinton announced last year that they wouldn’t automatically penalise drivers for gaining points resulting from speed cameras and set up a dedicated unit last year to deal with the increasing demand for car insurance for pointed drivers.
– With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance broker.
– Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community.
– Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
– With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
Contacts: SKV Communications Anoushka Done, Mairead Rodden or Anna Asamoah 0161 838 7770 www.skvcommunications.co.uk