I was in a really good mood when I got home today – had a meeting at work that went really well and excited that the long weekend is just around the corner… That is, until I opened a letter to find a speeding ticket :(. I was caught doing 42mph in a 30 zone which means that I am going to get a min. £60 fine and 3 points on my license. Gutted. Not good for insurance premiums.
Worse still, I don’t qualify for the ‘safer driving course’ alternative as I was >39 mph. I would have thought that the faster you are driving, the more suited you would be to the course! GRRRRRRR I am in such a bad mood now.
Has anyone else had speeding tickets? Did you contest them? By law I can request to see a calibration certificate for the device that they used (speed gun) but I could be shooting myself in the foot – they will likely get arsey back. I think I take it on the chin.
So if you are wondering what the decision is that I imply in the title, then wait no further….
I am selling my motorbike! 🙁
For those of you that have been reading this blog for some time, you will know that I love my bike. However, now that I am no longer using it to commute (it’s too far and too dangerous) I have barely gone near it. It is also awkward to maneuver it in and of the shed where it is kept which reduced the appeal of taking it out for a quick spin. My insurance is due for renewal in July (which is only around the corner) as is the MOT and Road Tax.
Considering the insurance will set me back about £800 (probably more now after this freaking ticket) and the road tax will be around £100 and the MOT around £300; it adds up to be an expensive hobby at £100 a month (excluding fuel). I think I am going to put it on ebay and try and get a quick sale while there is still a few months left on MOT and road tax.
I don’t want to do this as such, but it makes financial sense. It is a hard decision, but considering I will only want to ride the bike in nice weather (roughly half the year) the expenses are even greater. I have my license, so I can always decide to get a bike in the future. Essentially, this will free up more money for holidays and other fun stuff.
Does anyone have any examples of when they had to choose their head over their heart?