Learner rider caught travelling at 140km/h

A 17-year-old learner rider has lost his licence for seven months, had his bike confiscated, and been fined more than $1100 after being detected riding at high speeds at Newnham yesterday.

About 7pm Wednesday, a police officer from Northern Highway Patrol detected the teenager reaching a speed of 140km/h between Mowbray and Newnham on the East Tamar Highway.  

Soon after the rider was detected travelling in excess of 100km/h along George Town Road at Rocherlea, which has a speed limit of 60km/h.

The rider was located by police at a nearby service station where his bike was seized.

Senior Constable Christopher Rockliff said the rider had only held his learner licence for six months and had a maximum speed limit licence condition of 80km/h.

“Such high speeds by young, inexperienced riders can have tragic consequences, and thankfully this was not the case in this instance,” he said.

“Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups, particularly new riders, and police urge all riders to ride within their ability and limits.”