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Speeding driver plans legal move
Car passing speed camera
The camera clocked 130 speeding motorists
A motorist caught by a speed camera that turned out to be operating illegally plans to sue.

The camera was on a stretch of the A65 Leeds to Skipton road, but an oversight meant there was no legal speed limit in force, despite 40 mph signs on show.

About 130 motorists are being offered refunds on fines.

But Ian Roberts said he was fined and banned under the totting-up system, lost his job as a driver and had to sell his home as he was now unemployed.

He said he was now planning a legal action for compensation for the distress caused by the blunder, although he admits he was speeding when he was clocked.

The Road Safety Partnership said the loophole was now being closed.

Although the camera and speed signs were put up, there was no legal enforcement notice.

A spokesman for the organisation said Mr Roberts should not have been speeding in the first place. He had admitted the charge at the time.

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