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Range Rover in for repair clocked doing 93mph
IF YOU ever worried about what happened to your car when you left it with a garage, look away now.
When Ducklington resident Paul Burt dropped his Range Rover off at Hartwell Land Rover in Cumnor he had no idea it would end up hurtling along the A420 at more than 90mph.
But the 51-year-old was horrified when he received an email saying his company vehicle had been clocked breaking the speed limit while he thought it was being repaired.
Mr Burt took the vehicle to the firm in Faringdon Road to fix a faulty brake problem after it failed an MOT.
The car is owned by Farmoor-based Warburton Building Services and like every vehicle in the engineering company’s fleet has a tracker device on board.
Whenever a vehicle goes over 85mph it sends notification to the company of the time, place and speed.
The email then gives details of the entire journey.
The Range Rover Sport was recorded at 93mph on the A420 near Botley at 4.27pm on Wednesday, January 30.
It then slowed to 82mph before dropping below 70 three miles further on.
At 4.30pm on the same stretch of road the car was then clocked at 92mph and then 90mph before slowing as it approached a roundabout.
The car was tracked going over the 60mph speed limit of the road on seven occasions during the seven-mile drive.
Mr Burt said: “When I saw the reading I was gob-smacked.
“It’s bad enough someone doing it in their own car, to do it in a customer’s car is ridiculous. “It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened had it crashed.
“Because it had a brake problem they could quite easily say it had nothing to do with them. “The dashboard indicating the fault has been lit up like a Christmas tree over the last few weeks. “I can’t believe it has gone in there and they have needed to take it to that speed to test it.”
He added Land Rover had now offered him a free service at another dealership.
Mark Scarlet, service manager at Hartwell Land Rover, said his colleague testing the car was concentrating on the warning lights on the dashboard. He said: “We did have a vehicle in for a particular problem. We drove it down the A420 and back up Cumnor Hill. The technician is 52 and very experienced. He did admit he took his eyes off the speed limit, because he was concentrating on fixing the light and seeing what was faulty. “We need to replicate the conditions of the fault in order to fix the fault, which we did.
“The light didn’t go on until a particular speed was reached, but as the technician admitted he was not watching the clock.”
Thames Valley Police declined to comment.