Sir Brandon Lewis compares lockdown fines to speeding notices

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Drivers in the UK are being hit with millions of pounds worth of fines from speed cameras every week, with West Yorkshire the worst affected. Speed cameras in that area are activated a staggering 850 times per day – more than a million over a three year period.

Car Lease Special Offers sent Freedom of Information requests to police forces in the UK, to find out which speed cameras were catching drivers out the most.

They also discovered which areas were causing the biggest amount of speed camera activations between January 2019 – March 2022.

For context, if all West Yorkshire’s activations led to prosecutions at the minimum fine amount of £100 each, it could total an eye-watering amount of £10,058,3000.

The next top area was those covered by The Met police, with 789,621 recorded camera offences – which is an average of 666 a day.

At the other end of the table it was Derbyshire speed cameras that were going off the least, only activated 34,177 times in the last three years.

This averages around 28 flashes a day.

When it came to individual speed cameras, the M25 featured the most active in Britain.

A camera between Junctions 7 and 16 in Surrey had the most activations since the start of 2019, with a total of 75,803.

That averages out at a massive 63 per day and 2.6 per hour.

The next highest came on the A282 Dartford Tunnel Approach Road in Kent, which saw 52,548 activations.

A slight step down from the number one, this was at an average of 44 flashes per day and 1.8 per hour.

Third place went to a camera at the A1081 Airport Way in Luton, Bedfordshire, with 43,783 activations at an average of 36 per day and 1.5 per hour.

Surrey had a second camera in the top five with the M3 Junction 2-4 in fourth at 40,150, while Sussex had their highest single camera at fifth on the A270 Lewes Road in Brighton, at 35,897 total activations.

At the other end, however, is the camera on the A174 (Lazenby Bypass) in Cleveland, with the lowest number of flashes per day.

Since the start of 2019 until 31st March 2022, this has had 1,223 activations.

That equates to just 1.03 flashes per day.

Will Bullen of Car Lease Special Offers said: ”While speeding continues to be the biggest offender when it comes to driving fines, it’s important to remember to stick to the speed limit and avoid dangerous driving that could cause harm to yourself and other road users.

“Know the route you wish to travel on or research it before you go on a trip, and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination to avoid having to speed up and get caught by a camera.”

The most common cameras in the UK are Gatso and Truvelo speed cameras, but there are more than a dozen different types of speed camera in use on UK roads in total.

Speed camera detectors can use GPS location technology to warn drivers of fixed camera locations.

In addition, some units also feature laser and radar detecting technology to warn of mobile speed camera sites, as well as those fixed locations that aren’t logged on to the device’s database.

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