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MEC wants harsher penalty for speedsters

Traffic officials on Saturday arrested a 47-year-old man for clocking 241 km/hour.

Traffic officials on Saturday arrested a 47-year-old man for clocking 241 km/hour.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle on Sunday called for the harshest punishment possible to be handed down to one of the worst speeding offenders in the province.

Traffic officials on Saturday arrested a 47-year-old man for clocking 241 km/hour in his Mercedes S600, while travelling on the N1 highway between Paarl and Kraaifontein.

Provincial traffic officials said it is one of the highest recorded speeds on a public road in the Western Cape.

Carlisle said laws need to be amended and made stricter.

"Is there a possibility that at a certain point above the speed limit we can change the provincial law so that person will not have the option of a fine.

"Ideally they will lose their licence or have it suspended."