Farmer issued with 93mph speeding fine for his tractor

General view of tractor ploughing a field in Leicestershire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 1, 2013. See PA story FARM Ploughing. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A French farmer has been issued with a speeding ticket after apparently traveling at 93ph in a 75mph zone, in a tractor.

This would make it the fastest tractor in the world, beating the current world record of 88mph set by a Valtra T234.

Rémi Gervais, a winegrower from Montagnac, has denied the charge and claims his tractor cannot do more than 30kph.

Mr Gervais told French online newspaper France Bleu Hérault, "I have never been to Belgium and I think I have more chance of winning the lottery than reaching that speed,"

"You have to laugh. Maybe my tractor can get into the record books."

Rémi Gervais contacted the Belgian police to explain the problem and has sent all the relevant documentation to try and prove his innocence.

According to French newspaper The Connexion, it is believed that the incident was either a case of mistaken identify or fake number plates being used fraudulently.

This incident comes after grandfather James Roberts from Flintshire, Wales, was given a speeding ticket for his mobility scooter in November last year.

The 74-year-old was handed a fine for doing 42mph in a 30mph zone, despite the fact his scooter can only reach a top speed of 8mph.

At the time he was also recovering from triple-heart surgery and hadn't been out of his home for many weeks. His mobility scooter also does not carry any plates either but is registered with the DVLA.

The camera operator GoSafe who issued the ticket said: "This issue appears to have been caused by an incorrect digit being submitted when the offence was processed.

"The paperwork has been cancelled. We have issued a written apology to the gentleman. We apologise for any distress caused."

By Aidan Rennie-Jones

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