UK speed cameras net £250m as record 7,600 drivers are stopped A DAY, new figures show
- Police issued 20% more fixed fines in 2021 than in 2020
- A record 813,000 people were fined £100 last year, police figures show
- 1.2million Brits avoided fine and points by taking speed awareness course
Drivers lost nearly £250million last year after speed cameras caught out record numbers of motorists.
New police figures show 2.8 million fixed fines have been issued to drivers caught on camera, an average of more than 7,600 a day – or one every 11 seconds.
That’s a 20% increase on the 2020 figure, when the lockdown reduced traffic flow, and 17% on the 2019 figures.
The news follows separate research which found the UK’s most prolific speed camera – on the A40 in west London – detected 49,050 speeding cars in a year.
Of those trapped across the country in 2021, a record 813,000 were handed £100 fines, with 1.2million motorists avoiding a fine and penalty points by taking a car awareness course speed, which also costs them around £100 at a time.
“Speed cameras are still money grabbing machines,” said FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox
Police take advantage of speed awareness courses which bring in around £35 per driver
A further 268,000 drivers were sent straight to court because their speed was so high or because they had already committed a series of previous offences, where they were fined an average of £223 each.
The remaining 500,000 tickets were cancelled, often because the police could not find the driver or the legal documents were faulty.
It is estimated that there are some 4,000 active speed camera sites in the UK.
Data obtained from police forces shows these are the stretches of road where the most drivers have been caught speeding by cameras in the 2021/22 financial year
According to a survey conducted by Confused.com
The A40 camera, between Acton and Perivale, was judged by the Confused website as the most prolific of the 2021/22 financial year.
It captured more than twice as many drivers as the second most active camera, on the M25 in Surrey, which captured 23,134, while the third, on the M4 near Bristol, captured 18,317.
Howard Cox, founder of campaign group FairFuelUK, said: ‘Some of the world’s highest taxed drivers are being punished from all directions these days, paying for ultra low emission zones, congestion zones, neighborhoods to low traffic, high parking fees and speeding fines, most of which are for drivers who only slightly exceed the speed limit.
“Speed cameras remain money-grabbing machines. I would go so far as to say that the police have been ordered to chase easy money – although I think serious speeding should be treated with all due diligence. force of law.
The location of speed cameras is left to local authorities, a government spokesman said.
Money from speeding fines goes into central government coffers, but police forces benefit from speed awareness courses, which bring in around £35 per driver after deducting the cost of running them.
Jack Cousens, head of traffic policy at the AA, said: “Most drivers accept the use of speed cameras and recognize that they are a useful tool in keeping the roads safe.”
“Speeding fines can be avoided by moderating the driver’s right foot.”
A government spokesperson said the decision on where to place the cameras was left to local authorities, adding: ‘All available research shows a link between excessive speed and the risk of collisions.’