Andy Burnham speeding offence lands him hefty court fine after being caught 38mph over limit on M62

Justices at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court ordered the Mayor, who lives in Golborne, to pay a fine of £1,353, after he was caught at a speed of 78mph in a variable speed limit zone.
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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000 after being caught speeding.

The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Insignia on the M62 westbound between junction 11 (Birchwood interchange) and junction 10 (Croft interchange) at 78 miles per hour.

At the time of the incident on July 7, the speed limit was reduced to 40mph. Mr Burnham, who lives in Golborne, told Wigan Today he was not aware of the lower speed limit at the time.

He said: “I was travelling home on the M62 westbound in normal motorway conditions intending to come off at junction 10 for the M6. When I got close to the junction, it became clear that it had recently been closed and I had to re-route quickly back onto the main motorway.

“I was not aware of any variable speed limit in place on the smart motorway system at the time and only found out about it when the letter arrived in the post. If I had been aware, I would not have been travelling at that speed. That said, I acknowledge that, at 78 mph, I was going too fast and accept the court’s decision.”

Justices at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court ordered him to pay a fine of £1,353, as well as a surcharge of £541 to fund services for victims and £90 costs. They also endorsed his driving licence with six points.

Mr Burnham has responsibility for policing as part of his mayoral role.