Car insurance: Millions generated from cameras

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Over £100 million was generated for the government from speed cameras in 2006-07, new figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) have claimed.

But after operating costs were taken into account, £6.4 million was collected in profit from speeding fines handed out this way, the organisation said.

London's motorists saw the biggest damage and paid out £7.5 million in the form of speeding tickets, while Gloucestershire drivers gave just £724,860.

A spokeswoman at the DfT said that despite the figures speed cameras have helped to make the roads safer.

She commented: "Safety cameras are there to save lives, not make money. Independent research has shown there are 1,745 fewer deaths and serious injuries at camera sites each year."

But claimed that the police should be focusing more on drivers without car insurance.

This week, police officers in Nottinghamshire stated that speed guns will be used to capture dangerous drivers in the area.

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