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Revealed: Britain’s highest earning variable speed cameras as drivers stung by millions in fines

Wednesday 17 May 2017, By Autovolo

Revealed: Britain’s highest earning variable speed cameras as drivers stung by millions in fines

Revealed: Britain’s highest earning variable speed cameras as drivers stung by millions in fines

Motorists in the UK have paid more than £526 million in speeding fines in the past four years, according to new figures.

One speed camera alone in Bristol has taken more than £4 million since 2014.

The camera - between junctions 19 and 20 of the M4 - is the biggest-earning speed camera in the UK.

The M25 accounted for more than eight variable speed cameras with a high volume of fines, taking more than £7.83 million from more than 78,272 speeding fines issued in the past three years.

One of the busiest cameras is on the A1 at Great Ponton in Lancashire. On average it issues more than £1,661 per day in fines. In a 12 month period, that works out at an eye-watering £606,265.

The figures come from a study by motoring insurance company Confused.com, which attributed the staggering numbers to the number of smart motorways in Britain.

This vast sum was taken from more than 210,538 motorists who were caught speeding, with many paying fines of up to £2,500.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “There seems to be a perception among drivers that variable speed cameras on smart motorways are there to catch people out, and it’s no surprise with up to £526m in fines issued.

“We’d advise drivers to research their route before heading out to take note of any areas where there may be a dramatic drop in speed.”