UK driv­ers’ cough up £4m speed cam fines


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BRI­TAIN’S snap-happy speed cam­eras cost mo­torists £4mil­lion in fines last year.

Clock­ing up 60,000 fines at £60-a-time, each cam­era earned around £1,000-a-day.

The fig­ures, re­leased af­ter a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion, show the coun­try’s busiest cam­era, near junc­tion 25 of the M60 in Bred­bury, Manch­ester, snapped 8,330 driv­ers, bring­ing in £500,000.

Crit­ics say speed cam­eras are “cash cows” but road safety groups claim they play an im­por­tant role in re­duc­ing crashes at ac­ci­dent black spots.

Matthew Sin­clair, of the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance, said: “The au­thor­i­ties should con­cen­trate on mak­ing the roads safer, not plac­ing cam­eras where they will rake in as much as pos­si­ble.”

The cost of a mi­nor crash can be up to £250,000 – for loss of earn­ings, med­i­cal treat­ment and emer­gency ser­vice time.

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