Delivery man's fast food too fast for police

An Australian pizza delivery man gave fast food a new meaning when he was caught, and fined, for driving 53km over the speed limit.

The 20-year-old man, driving on a provisional driver's license, said he was speeding because he was 20 minutes late with his delivery in the tropical northern town of Townsville.

Police clocked him driving at 131kms in an 80 kph zone on Saturday, but waited for him to deliver his pizza before booking him.

On his return journey to the pizza shop, he was caught speeding at 133 km in the same zone.

Police sergeant Brendan White said on Tuesday the delivery man, who was not named, was fined $A1520 ($NZ1869.61) and lost his license for 15 months.