UK’s most prolific speed camera issues £5.7m in fines in three years

A sole speeding camera has caught out so many drivers over the past three years that it's brought in a whopping £5.7million in fines.

Bristol's Gatso device is the most prolific speeding camera in the UK, topping the list of the 27 that have caught the most speeders.

A staggering 57,207 motorists were caught going over the 40mph speed limit on the M32, which works out as over 50 people fined every single day.

In total, the 27 busiest cameras issued out 579,000 fines, which potentially brought in almost £58million in fines costing motorists £100, according to figures from the Home Office.

Other parts of the UK with regular fining included the M1, M4, M5 and M25, as well as London’s Tower Bridge, the Thames crossing, the A1081 near Luton Airport, Lea Bridge Road in East London and the A12 between Colchester and Ipswich, reports MirrorOnline.

The shocking stats revealed that drivers were caught 2.2 million times in 2019, which is up a significant amount from 1.9 million times back in 2017.

Many have raised the allegation that the driving fines issued by these cameras are aimed at making money and not actually to make the roads safer, and police and fire chiefs backed up this claim earlier this year.

Drivers claim many cameras are aimed primarily at making money rather than cutting accidents – a suspicion backed by police and fire chiefs earlier this year.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary called for greater transparency over the use of cameras.

It said: “We were told that the reason enforcement took place at certain locations was that they were ‘good hunting ground’, rather than because they had a history of collisions.”

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Revenue from speeding tickets goes to the Treasury, but safety camera partnerships, which operate some speed traps, keep a portion for awareness courses.

AA president Edmund King said: “There is no doubt that at some locations drivers get caught out because the speed limit does not appear to reflect the level of danger or type of road.

“In the top two cases – at the end of the M32 in Bristol and in Airport Way in Luton – cameras are located where speed limits drop considerably at the end of a dual carriageway system.

“We suggest putting up interactive speed signs before the cameras to show drivers they are driving too fast. If they continue to speed then it is a fair cop.”

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“However, the biggest influence on compliance is physical police presence.”

The Alliance of British Drivers called many limits “completely inappropriate, and asked: “What good are the fines doing? Just annoying people and taking money out of their pockets.”

Avon and Somerset police said the M32 Bristol camera was to enforce the 40mph limit, and two others near the city were on roads with a variable limit.

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