Speedy driv­ers pay £5m

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Speed cam­eras across Scot­land raked in more than £5 mil­lion last year, the high­est fig­ure since 2014.

The de­vices across the coun­try – which is­sue mo­torists who break the speed limit with au­to­matic fines – re­sulted in £5,095,100 be­ing paid to courts.

Fines of £ 112,600 were paid by speed­ing driv­ers in 2016/ 17 in the North Strath­clyde Sher­iff­dom, which in­cludes Pais­ley.

In 2014/15, cam­eras across the area raked in £ 104,400 and in 2015/16 the fig­ure was £99,000.

Across Scot­land there are more than 200 fixed speed cam­eras.

To­day’s statis­tics show they bring in £14,000 a day na­tion­ally.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives said while speed cam­eras had a role to play in im­prov­ing safety, it was im­por­tant they weren’t merely seen as cash cows.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive t rans­port spokesman Liam Kerr said: “Mo­torists com­pletely ac­cept speed cam­eras have a place on Scot­land’s roads to en­sure safe driv­ing.

“But there is a wide­spread sus­pi­cion that these are set up not to re­duce speed, but to gen­er­ate money from those edg­ing over the var­i­ous speed lim­its they po­lice.”

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