A man has been banned from the road after hitting 110mph on a Tayside motorway.

Allan Maxwell (30) said he clocked up the speed on the M90 between Perth and Inverkeithing by accident, claiming he was distracted because he was chatting to his girlfriend.

Perth Sheriff Court heard the 30-year-old’s BMW car was “very easy to speed in” due to its 3.4 litre engine.

Maxwell was banned from driving for six months and fined £400.

The self-employed utilities operator, from East Calder, said he would not be able to continue his employment if disqualified.

He also said he would struggle to visit his two young children in Broxburn and Edinburgh.

Defending, solicitor Billy Somerville said: “He accepts it was down to a total lack of concentration because he was chatting to his girlfriend.

“It is very easy to speed in this vehicle because it has a 3.4 litre engine. It is one of those where if you don’t concentrate you can very easily exceed the speed limit.” However, Sheriff William Wood noted that Maxwell had previously served a disqualification prior to the incident on 15 August.

He said: “It seems remarkable, having been disqualified for four months in October 2012, that just a year later you are committing another speeding offence.

“You seem to have a problem with speeding. You are the author of your own misfortune, because you are the guy behind the wheel and you are going at 110mph.”