P-plater caught doing 171km/h on Hume

A Sydney P-plater has lost his licence and faces thousands of dollars in fines after police allegedly caught him cruising at 70 kilometres over the limit on the Hume Highway.

Highway patrol officers from the Cootamundra Local Area Command noticed a Toyota Rav4 speeding in the right hand lane around 1.20am on Friday morning.

A check revealed the small SUV was allegedly travelling at 171km/h in the 110km/h zone at Tumblong, near Gundagai.

Police stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, a 23-year-old man from Yagoona.

They they discovered the young man was a P2 licence holder – limited to 100km/h – wasn’t displaying P plates and didn’t have his licence with him.

That licence was instantly suspended for six months and officers issued the man with fines tallying $3036 for a range of offences, including exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and not carrying a licence.