A study just out has uncovered that nearly one in three Motorists are being fined every year in the UK for Speeding.
As many as 12 Million drivers receive a penalty notice each year. That’s one every two and a half seconds.
These speeding fines are bringing in more than £800M in revenue.
And that’s excluding the additional revenue ‘earned’ from the 1.2 Million drivers who are railroaded in to attending for profit speed awareness courses…
The study was conducted by Dr Adam Snow, a lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University.
He also discovered that that Eight Million parking fines are issued by Councils each year, while 2.5 Million Motorists are penalised for using bus lanes.
We know from numerous DriveProtect and BTST Member reports that this is often merely due to running slightly over the bus lane line to — for example — avoid someone turning right.
Dr Snow calculated that Councils in London alone raked in more than £371M from issuing parking and traffic fines.
The figures cover March 2015 – March 2016 and include fines from Fixed Penalty Notices and Council issued Penalty Charge Notices.
Dr Snow thinks that the record number of fines are due to the introduction of more automated speed camera technology as seen on “smart motorways”.
Anyone who actually drives on these motorways will surely agree that the complete and utter — some would say fraudulent — mismanagement of these variable speed limits is at the route of the problem.
I wonder how long it’s going to be that — as happened in Spain some years ago — the Government and Councils become reliant on this revenue and blatantly accept that it’s a revenue generation method rather than having anything to do with serving the public?
Perhaps that’s already happened…
“I hope this report provides the start of that debate about the acceptability and appropriate place for automation in road traffic enforcement”.
Ahmen to that…
All the best,
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