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The Speed Camera that made £1.5 Million in Six Months…

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A Freedom of Information request by a Motorist fined by a Speed Camera on London’s North Circular has uncovered that the camera made £1.5 million in fines in just six-months!

Terry Payne made the Freedom of Information request after being fined by the camera last year.

It revealed that since it went live in April 2016, it generated over 15,000 fines at £100 each before October.

Mr Payne said: “That single camera is making millions!”

His Freedom of Information request also revealed that the camera averaged 154 fines per day in the busiest month of May.

He believes that so many Motorists were caught because they were unaware that they are driving in a 30mph zone on the road, which typically has a 40 or 50mph speed limit.

“I think the general point is that people are simply unaware that they are driving in a 30mph zone.”

“The results of the request suggest that there is something wrong with the signing along that stretch of road for so many people to be caught and fined.”

Transport for London said in a statement: “The limit on the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue has been reduced to 30mph from 40mph to ensure the safety of all road users and contractors working onsite to upgrade Power Road Bridge.”

We’re not sure whether this is London’s highest earning Speed Camera or not, but surely it must be up there…

All the best,

Adam

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Maximum Speeding Fines To Increase…

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On April 24th, Magistrates in England and Wales will be given new powers to fine Motorists one and a half times their weekly income for “more serious” speeding offences.

The previous maximum that Magistrates were allowed to fine was 1 weeks income, but on Tuesday this week it was announced that this amount will be increased by 50%

Magistrates will be advised to fine drivers found guilty of “more serious” speeding offences the new maximum penalty.

Here are the speeds at which Magistrates will be told to award the new maximum fines:

20mph speed limit: 41mph or more
30mph speed limit: 51mph or more
40mph speed limit: 66mph or more
50mph speed limit: 76mph or more
60mph speed limit: 91mph or more

70mph speed limit: 101mph or more

The new maximum fines come in to force on 24th April this year.

If you’re not already a Member of DriveProtect, now would be a very good time to join…

You can either give us a call on 01843 232 791, request a callback here or become a Member online here.

All the best,

Adam 

Councils to Enforce Motoring Offences in 2017?

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Under a new proposal put forward to the house of commons, councils across the UK could be handed new powers to fine motorists for minor motoring “offences”.

If approved by MPs in the New Year it will mean that the enforcement of “moving traffic offences” will switch from the Police to councils.

Currently this system of council enforcement is only allowed in London boroughs, due to some legislation passed more than a decade ago.

One council “money trap” in Fulham — Britain’s most lucrative box junction — has made more than £12 million in fines over the past 7 years.

In another area of London, a bus lane camera earned the council £525,000 after just one week of operation!

Councils outside of London can only currently fine motorists for either parking violations or for entering a bus lane.

However, that’s all set to change if the proposal is approved.

The AA have said they think the new powers would see hundreds of new CCTV cameras go up across the country as part of a new “war on motorists”:

“The real problem with a proposal like this is that once local authorities get the powers and start pulling the cash, they get addicted.

“They get dependent on the cash and even when flaws in their traffic management are revealed they have no desire to change it, as the cash will dry up.”

The MP and roads campaigner, Charlie Elphicke said: “This a terrible idea and will see councils using motorists as a cash cow.”

“Giving the councils total control of when and how to fine millions will be too big an opportunity for them.”

Councils across the UK are currently averaging £4 million a day from parking fines (which is one of the two “offences” they are already allowed to enforce).

Howard Cox from FairFuel commented: “This sounds like nothing more than a money raising scheme to replace Government shortfalls in local funding.”

But what do you think?

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All the best,

Adam

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Michael Howard fined £1615…

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The Former Home Secretary, Michael Howard, has been fined £1615 (£900 fine, £625 costs and £90 “victim surcharge”), plus 6 penalty points after being convicted of failing to supply the information of the Driver after a recent speeding ticket.

His car was “caught” at 37mph in a 30 limit in January.

Staggeringly given his background in Law — he was awarded a Law degree in 1962 and became a practising Queen’s Counsel in 1982 — he completely messed up his defence!

Under the section on the NIP where an alternative driver can be named, he simply wrote “Wife”.

As someone with a working knowledge of the law, this beggars belief and surely invited the Court to come after him!

District Judge Barbara Barnes even described Lord Howard’s defence as “credible” and said she genuinely believed he and his wife had “racked their brains” to remember who was driving.

But she still found him guilty because he should have given his wife’s full name and address on the form, rather than simply writing “Wife”.

I’m sure that Lord Howard didn’t involve a Lawyer, because the “strategy” he used is almost guaranteed to fail.

If he had taken advice from specialist Lawyers, I think it’s very unlikely he would have found himself in Court in the first place.

And if he had, I’m sure it’s very likely from our experience (and the Judges comments) that he would have been found “not guilty”.

The Lawyers at DriveProtect are always asking me to remind Members to contact them the moment they receive a ticket or summons, and to not do anything without speaking to them first for just these kinds of reasons!

So if you’re a Member, there you go, I reminded you! 🙂

All the best,

Adam

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Traffic jams being caused by the Highways Agency?

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I was sitting in the inevitable traffic jam at the Dartford Tunnel on Monday evening, contemplating the road sign that said (paraphrasing) “traffic jam deliberately created for your safety”.

As I had nothing else to do, I started to consider that EVERY SINGLE TIME the government interfere with roads with the pledge that they are going to improve traffic flow, it always seems to do the exact opposite.

I remember in the town where I grew up, there was never a traffic jam on the main road in 15 years.

Then one day the local council decided to install a traffic light system at the end of the road and – you guessed it – a CONSTANT traffic jam!

Where I live now in Kent, some major road alterations on the one way system have taken place to supposedly ease congestion.

Before the works began the congestion was quite acceptable for a big town and the traffic flowed pretty well.

After the works, it’s much worse!

It’s the same story with these new variable speed cameras and “smart motorways”.

As far as I can tell, they have made congestion significantly worse than it was before.

The only thing that I couldn’t work out as I sat there waiting for them to open the barrier before the tunnel to let us through was:

Why do the Highways Agency keep doing this?

I have to confess that I couldn’t really come up with an answer (other than assisting revenue collection from the variable speed cameras).

I’d love to hear Members thoughts on what’s going on here.

You can comment below.

All the best,

Adam

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Your journey is being tracked…

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Sky News have conducted an investigation in to the extent of the information ANPR cameras are collecting — and keeping for 2 years — about Motorists journeys each day.

ANPR cameras to scan Drivers number plates and then log their journeys.

Whenever a vehicle passes a camera, it’s registration photo is taken and then added to the central database, which is then accessible by any Police force.

We first uncovered the fact that Police forces were doing this almost 10 years ago, just after the system was introduced in 2006, but the information being collected and stored on us has rocketed since then.

Here’s the headline figures:

9000 fixed ANPR cameras are recording us every day;

– In one single week last year over 238 Million ANPR photos were taken;

– The Governments database currently holds 22 Billion photographs of us on our daily journeys;

– Police can access these photographs without a warrant;

…and indeed they made over 300,758 checks in 2014, which was up from 194,317 in 2012;

The Information Commissioner’s Office has voiced concerns…

Jonathan Bamford from the ICO said “You’ve really got to ask the question about the extent of ANPR and the amount of records that it’s collecting.

“There are a lot of people going around on their ordinary day to day business doing nothing wrong, innocent individuals. Those are being acquired at the rate of 30 million or so a day and being retained for a number of years.

“You end up with a picture where there’s not a lot of our lives taking place which the state can’t gain access to in some ways.”

But more importantly, what do you think?

Please leave your comments below…

All the best,

Adam

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How To Beat A Parking Ticket (Funny!)

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We got sent this video a few days ago by DriveProtect Member Ian Young.

It explains how comedien Joe Lycett had a parking ticket overturned.

I couldn’t stop laughing for about half an hour afterwards, so I thought you might also enjoy it!

Adam

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Camera sites “picked to make most money”

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A city councillor, Sean Chaytor, has claimed that his local Safety Camera Partnership only install speed cameras where they will make the most money.

Mr Chaytor claimed that Safer Roads Humber refused to move a speed camera to an accident blackspot because of the amount of money it made where it was.

He said: “I wonder about the responsibility of this organisation when a former chief superintendent of police in Hull asked about relocating a camera from outside the police station in Clough Road, to an accident blackspot where there had been three serious accidents”.

“The response he got from the safety partnership was, ‘Well it makes enough money where it is, why should we move it?’ They weren’t interested in the casualties, they were interested in the money. This is disgraceful.”

He went on to say that the cameras facing away from the city of Hull only exist only to generate money.

“Daltry Street flyover in Hull is the highest income generating site in the entire fleet area. If it were taking vehicles and slowing them down coming in to the city I could understand it, but it is catching vehicles out of the city.”

Isn’t it refreshing to hear a politician stand up for what’s so obviously right to most people?

Perhaps if there were more like Mr Chaytor in positions of local influence who made a point of speaking up, the menace of speed cameras with the only objective of extracting money from our wallets would be wiped out?

Adam

Latest Speed Camera Scam?

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I was driving back from seeing a friend at Heathrow on the M25 last Thursday evening when I witnessed this…

Just before J11 — the Chertsey exit — a temporary speed limit of 60mph appeared on the overhead speed camera gantry.

Then, on the very next one a few hundred yards later…

A 40mph limit…

Then, on the exit slip road for J11…

A 20 (yes, twenty) mph limit!

There are 2 important points here:

1-
This was late at night (around midnight) and the road was completely clear. Very light traffic, and no workmen in the road.

2-
These were not advisory speeds but actual speed limits, enforced by the variable cameras on each of the gantries.

Apart from the outrageous safety issues (I imagine you would agree?) of having cars suddenly decelerating from 70 or more to 20 on an exit slip road, there can surely only be one of two things at play here:

gross incompetence on the part of the Highways Agency or;

yet another scam to fleece Motorists of money at the *expense* of road safety — the very thing that speed cameras are supposed to stand for?…

But what I’d like to know is:

What do you think?

Leave your comments below!

All the best,

Adam

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Hi All,

We’ve had a barrage of questions since announcing the Concessional Rates for Pensioners and Annual Membership option on Friday.

The most common two questions have been:

1) “It’s not showing me how to select the Pensioners concessional rate! How do I do this?”

The signup page automatically calculates your age based on your date of birth. If you are over 65 years of age then the concessional rate will be applied automatically. You don’t need to select any options, just enter your date of birth here.

DriveProtect Concessional Rates

2) “How do I select an Annual Membership rather than monthly?”

Just fill in the signup page (name, date of birth, address etc.) and then click “Next”.

On the next page, you can choose “Monthly” or “Annually” using the blue buttons.

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I hope that’s all clear.. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Adam

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