The driver of an Opel Astra in Belgium received a fine from police suggesting that he had been caught speeding at 696 km/h.

The motorist was seemingly nabbed doing the unthinkable speed in his C-segment hatchback in the small town of Quiévrain, on a section of road with a speed limit of 50 km/h.

The fine? Some €6 597 (which translates to about R96 000).

Naturally, the Astra driver challenged the computer-generated fine, with the relevant authorities responding that it had come courtesy of a camera coding error, according to The Telegraph.

According to the police's recalculations, the motorist had been doing just 60 km/h ... although that's still 10 km/h over the limit.