Speeding fines reached £115 million last year, a 1% increase on the previous year. Fewer penalties have been issued, but fewer appeals have been successful according to research from cartographer Philips.
There appears to be a significant discrepancy between the percentage of tickets issued and the fines collected, with surrey only managing to collect 47 per cent of tickets issued. The most money (£9.45 millions) was collected in Greater London, but this only equates to £1.26 per resident, which is significantly lower than other parts of the country. The greatest amount was collected in North Wales (average £5.82 per person) and the least per head was collected in Merseyside (80p).
It is well known that postcode lotteries exist for many public services and the density of speed cameras is no exception to this rule. It is interesting to see what the likely payment is per resident per area, but this should also be considered alongside demographics and traffic densities. Having a greater traffic police presence in these areas, is one measure that could really have a tangible effect on speeding.
(Source: Mirror 27th June 2007 and www.autocar.co.uk)