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December 3, 2022

PwC Partner Offers Perfectly Good Explanation for Driving Like a Maniac

The following story out of Europe reads more like an SAT question about two trains approaching a station from different directions at different speeds than a tale of a speeding partner who apparently suffers from one of the most first worldly first world problems in history:

Colin Brereton, 53, was clocked speeding at 94mph as he overtook on the wrong side of the notorious A9 between Inverness and Perth.

But Brereton was not banned after telling the court he had moved to a rambling farmhouse and needed to drive 17 miles to the nearest railway station to get to work.

Brereton, who works at PricewaterhouseCooper [sic] as leader of Response to the Economic Crisis in Europe, listed his home as a million pounds mansion in leafy West Wratting, Cambridgeshire.

He told Perth's Justice of the Peace court he had recently bought a new farmhouse in the country which made his commute more difficult.

If a partner is traveling 34 miles over the speed limit and the train station is 17 miles away, how many years will the driver's license be suspended for when he's caught? Answer: ZERO.

Apparently, the court had sympathy on this poor PwC partner after Brereton's lawyer told them his company has 15,000 staff and "a large number of them" rely on this dude to be at work. Oh and he has cancer so, you know, there's that. From his lawyer:

"He apologises to the court for having allowed his speed during that manoeuvre to exceed the speed limit. Our client is a chartered accountant and senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"His driving licence is absolutely essential for his work. We would ask the court to refrain from disqualification in the circumstances.”

And surely this partner cannot afford a car service were his license to be suspended for pulling a dangerous dick move on the highway.

What's the lesson here, kids? Certainly not that you really shouldn't put others' lives at risk just so you can get to work on time. That is, if you're important enough.

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