Motorist fined for driving with tennis ball suspension springs

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2009 - 09:05 AM

A driver who used tennis balls where the suspension springs on his car should have been has been fined by Magistrates.

His Opel Vectra was stopped at Dover’s Eastern Docks and an inspection by Port of Dover police officers revealed the stack of balls where the springs should have been.

Folkestone Magistrates Court convicted Rumen Petrov, 34, from London in his absence for using a vehicle with equipment likely to cause danger or injury.

He was fined £350, ordered to pay £50 costs and a £15 victims surcharge. His licence was endorsed with three penalty points, and he was fined £175 for a lighting offence.

“Clearly the effectiveness of the vehicles suspension system had been significantly compromised and posed a very real risk to the driver, and other motorists,” said Inspector Neil Care.

“Petrov intended to drive to London and taking his vehicle off the road has no doubt contributed to road safety, not just within the port but throughout the south-east.”

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