£12million raised by just ten speed cameras in three years

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£12million raised by just ten speed cameras in three years

A staggering £12million has been raised by just ten permanent speed cameras in three years, according to a Freedom of Information request initiated by The Sun newspaper.

Between them, the cameras – which are dotted at locations around the country – ensnared 200,000 speeding drivers, each of whom were issued with a £60 fine and penalty points.

The figures work out to a daily average of 182 drivers shelling out over £10,000 between them each day.

Uncovered as the newspaper aimed to identify the highest-grossing fixed camera locations in England and Wales, the highest earning camera is situated on the M60 near Stockport, Greater Manchester. It caught 32,205 drivers in the last three years and generated a total of £1,932,300 in fines.

It was closely followed by a GATSO speed camera situated on the A4042 near Newport, South Wales, which raised £1,414,920 from 23,582 speeding motorists.

The third most profitable camera was on the A2034 in Southampton, which caught 10,985 drivers in 2012 – three times as many as in 2010.

It isn't just fixed camera sites that are catching drivers out, with mobile speed traps and temporary average speed zones also generating significant revenue. One average speed zone, on the junction between the M1 and M6 in Warwickshire, raised more than £1million in just 18 months, with 17,156 drivers receiving the dreaded letter on their doormat.

Speaking to The Sun, the Taxpayers' Alliance said: The authorities should focus on measures that improve the safety of the roads, not simply maximise the amount brought in by fines."

Road safety campaigners, however, have challenged that view, saying that fixed cameras are an effective method of reducing speeds at accident black spots.

Do you think speed cameras are working in reducing accidents, or do you think they're simply another tax on the UK's already beleaguered motorists? Have your say below.