Police get paid £45 per Speed Awareness Course!
It was reported recently that 4 speeding drivers are caught in the UK every 15 seconds.
In the space of one year almost 2.3 million people were given a speeding ticket in the UK.
These figures are a little out of date, so my strong suspicion is that it’s significantly more drivers than that now…
Assuming an average cost of £150 per ticket, that’s 1/3 of a Billion pounds per year being extorted from British Motorists!
Of course some of these drivers will “deserve” — for want of a better word — being pulled up on their driving.
However, anyone with a set of eyes will know that the vast majority of those being extorted are not dangerous drivers, but rather are just being caught in the Governments revenue trap.
The rise in the number of drivers being caught is surely down to the ever-increasing network of “smart motorway” speed cameras on our (yes, our!) Motorways.
The rhetoric says that Police forces are not supposed to profit from speeding fines and speed awareness courses.
However, it seems they are:
Did you know that a Police force gets paid £45 per driver who attends a Speed Awareness Course to cover their (supposed) “administration costs”?
For every driver who attends a Speed Awareness Course, the Police force involved gets paid £45!
This is the perfect example of a wide scale fraud that evolves over time…
There may not be one central “mastermind” who envisaged the extent of the fraud from the outset.
However, as mutual interests are serviced for the parties involved, they become more and more incentivized to support the fraud.
Often, the participants really believe that there is nothing wrong with what they’re doing.
The “improvements” to the fraud are incremental rather than being dumped on the victims all at once, and so become (grudgingly) accepted as “normal”.
Here’s an example for you:
Avon and Somerset’s police caught nearly 200,000 Drivers in 2018 alone.
If they were all “funnelled” in to a Speed Awareness Course, that would be £9 Million in revenue for that force!
I’m not a Government budget planner but I’d reasonably assume that would be £9M less the Government has to pay to finance just that one Police force in Avon and Somerset.
I’ll leave you with that thought…
All the best,
P.S. I wrote an article recently about my personal experience at Court with a Speeding Lawyer — thought you might enjoy it :- )
What do you think about the Police getting paid £45 for every driver who attends a Speed Awareness Course? Let us know in the comments below!