Richard Keedwell claims a speed camera was wrong when it clocked him travelling 35mph in a 30mph zone in Worcester
A driver spent £30,000 of his savings fighting a £100 speeding fine - and lost.
Richard Keedwell claims a speed camera was wrong when it clocked him travelling 35mph in a 30mph zone in Worcester three years ago.
The 71-year-old challenged the fine because he "wanted justice", but now admits he regrets wiping out his sons' inheritance money in his quest to win the legal battle.
The retired engineer said the case dragged on for years due to a "seriously flawed" legal system and his costs escalated as he had to make several trips to magistrates' and crown courts to have his appeal heard.
Keedwell, from Yate, Gloucestershire, claims the justice system is "steamrolling ordinary people".
He said he was stunned when he received a Notice of Intended Prosecution [NIP] in the post following his day trip to Worcester in November 2016.
He denied speeding in the 30mph zone.
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Keedwell appealed the fine and recruited a video and electronics expert who argued in court that the speed camera may have been faulty or triggered by a car in an adjacent lane.
Keedwell told the BBC he thought the case would wrap up quickly but it dragged on as he had to make four trips to Worcester Magistrates' Court before his appeal was heard.
Describing the situation as "very stressful", he lost the case and then lost a crown court appeal in August this year.
Keedwell said he has spent £30,000 fighting the fine, including about £21,000 on barristers' fees and £7,000 in court costs, plus travel expenses to and from court.
He said he felt guilty after spending the money which he intended to pass on to his children.
He added: "I'm sick and tired at the whole system which is steamrolling ordinary people.
"I regret the amount of money. I very simply wanted justice."
The Crown Prosecution Service said additional hearings were needed due to issues raised by the defence and for expert evidence to be obtained.
Speeding fines explained
A £100 fine and three penalty points added to the your licence are the minimum penalty for speeding.
The owner of a vehicle caught by a speed camera is meant to receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution [NI] Section 172 notice within 14 days.
The notice must be returned within 28 days explaining who was driving the vehicle.
A Fixed Penalty Notice or a letter is then sent telling the person to attend court.
Those who plead guilty pay a £100 fine and have three points added to their licence unless they are given the option of attending a speed awareness course.
In a case where a not guilty plea is entered a hearing is schedule.
The fine can be increased and additional penalty points can be added if the court decides you are guilty of speeding.
The amount of the fine depends on the speed and it is usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000.
You could also be disqualified from driving or have your licence suspended.