Britain's flashiest speed camera clocks £190k of fines

4 July 2014

Have you been clocked speeding by Britain's busiest speed camera? It clocked 9,326 motorists in a hurry last year, issuing fines worth £189,140.

The flashiest of UK speed cameras is situated at Junction 25 of the M60 motorway in Greater Manchester, according to insurer LV=, which made a freedom of information (FOI) request to police and councils.

The next busiest camera was the one located on the A13 Thames Gateway (westbound) between Kent Avenue and Scratton Terrace in London. It clocked 8,002 speeding drivers but generated 76% more in fines than the Greater Manchester camera, at £333,820.

Some 381,826 motorists landed themselves with a £60 fixed penalty notice last year, with 58% of speeding drivers caught by the cameras.

A further 28% were clocked by police with a camera at the roadside and 12% by officers without cameras.

LV='s FOI request revealed that, on an average day, there is a speed camera in operation for every 67 miles of British road.

The number of drivers caught speeding increased slightly last year, up 3% compared with 2012. In 2013, 88% of councils said they changed their speed limits and 15% of drivers caught speeding were clocked in areas where the limit had recently changed.

A fifth of motorists who had been reprimanded for travelling too fast said the speed limit was not clearly displayed so they were unsure what the limit was when they were caught.

Since 2009, some 14% of drivers have been caught speeding. More than a fifth have been caught more than once and, of them, 43% were caught speeding in the same location.

Some 21% of repeat offenders in the same place said the location of the speed camera was unfair as the speed limit had recently changed and 18% said the speed limit changes too abruptly.

Worst offenders

While most speeding drivers are caught exceeding the limit by a few miles per hour, this year Kent Police clocked a motorist doing 146mph on the M25 in Swanley. Warwickshire Police caught a driver bombing along at 130mph on the M6 Toll Road, and Police Scotland caught another motorist doing 129mph on the A90 between Dundee to Aberdeen.

The minimum penalty for speeding is now a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence. Experienced drivers amassing 12 or more points within three years face being disqualified, but drivers collecting six points within two years of passing their driving test can have their licence revoked.

John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: "It can be easy for motorists to become complacent when they get behind the wheel, especially when they drive on the same roads day in and day out.

"However, it's important that drivers always concentrate on the road so they can spot any new road signs, changes in speed limits, and are aware of what other motorists are doing."

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