Eric Clapton's U.K. Driving Privileges Suspended

Eric Clapton may be "Slowhand" when he plays the blues, but a British court has ruled that he's too fast when he drives.

On Tuesday, a magistrate in Guildford, Surrey suspended Clapton's U.K. driving privileges for six months and fined the guitarist approximately $570 for being caught speeding in the district last October, according to Reuters.

Clapton was clocked doing 72 kilometers per hour (the metric equivalent of 45 mph) in a 45 kilometers per hour (30 mph) zone. Clapton, who was given 28 days to pay the fine, was not present at the proceedings, and his lawyer told the court that he was currently in America.

On March 6, Clapton will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for the third time, along with this year's other inductees, which include Earth Wind & Fire, Bonnie Raitt, The Lovin' Spoonful, James Taylor, and The Moonglows (see "Eric Clapton, Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor Selected For Rock And Roll

Hall Of Fame").

Clapton, who is being recognized by the Rock Hall this year for his solo career, was previously inducted in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds and again in 1993 for his work in Cream.

The Fifteenth Annual Induction Ceremony will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and highlights from the event will be broadcast on VH1's "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Class of 2000" special, airing on March 8 at 9:00 p.m. (CT)