Tory Peer Zac Goldsmith banned from driving and fined £5,500 after being caught speeding seven times in nine months

18 March 2024, 20:36

Having pleaded guilty to all of the offences, the peer was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £2,000 and costs of £700.
Having pleaded guilty to all of the offences, the peer was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £2,000 and costs of £700. Picture: Alamy
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

Former environment minister Zac Goldsmith has been banned from driving for a year after he was caught speeding seven times last year.

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The Conservative peer, 49, broke speed limits in his hybrid electric Volkswagen Golf on London roads in Paddington, Chelsea and Twickenham between April and November 2023.

Lord Goldsmith was also caught speeding on two motorways, most recently in December, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

As he disqualified the Tory environmentalist from driving, District Judge Daniel Sternberg warned that drivers who speed "emit more harmful emissions" even in hybrid and electric cars.

The court heard that on 27 April 2023, Lord Goldsmith was caught driving at 29mph in a 20 zone on Chelsea Embankment, and in July he drove at 28mph in a 20 zone near Kensington Gardens.

Having pleaded guilty to all of the offences, the peer was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £2,000 and costs of £700.
Having pleaded guilty to all of the offences, the peer was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £2,000 and costs of £700. Picture: Alamy

Just a month later in May, as well as in August and November of the same year, he broke the 40mph limit on the A316 in Twickenham by twice driving at 46mph and once at 47mph.

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He was also caught driving at 62mph in a 50 zone at the M25 intersection with the M3 in December, and at 73mph between junctions 20 and 19 of the M4 in September - breaking a 50mph temporary speed limit.

Benjamin Waidhofer, defending the former environment minister, said that Lord Goldsmith had shown remorse for his offences and is "not someone who is manifestly defying the usual speed limits".

Having pleaded guilty to all of the offences, the peer was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £2,000 and costs of £700.

He served as a minister in Boris Johnson's government after being made Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park.
He served as a minister in Boris Johnson's government after being made Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park. Picture: Alamy

Lord Goldsmith had been banned from driving since January when an interim disqualification was imposed.

The former MP for Richmond Park, who unsuccessfully ran to be London mayor in 2016 before serving as a minister in Boris Johnson's cabinet, did not attend the hearing.

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Lord Goldsmith also worked in Rishi Sunak's government in June 2023 but resigned after feeling "apathy" toward the environment.

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