The most prolific speed cameras in the last year REVEALED: A40 cameras in London snared the most drivers as study reveals 1.74m were caught speeding in Britain
- We reveal the top 10 sections of road where most speeders were caught in the financial year 2021/22 based on police force data
- Report by Confused.com says £45.7m in fines were forked out in the 12 months
- Just 457,232 of 1.74m drivers were forced to take a fine and penalty points
- Remaining 698,115 motorists caught opted to take a speed awareness course, which typically costs around £100 but mean no additional points on a licence
More than 1.74 million drivers were caught by speed cameras on major routes in the last year, with one on the A40 in North-West London snaring almost 50,000 motorists exceeding the limit, according to a new piece of research.
Motorists snapped by police-enforced roadside cameras were made to fork out £45.7million in fines in the financial year 2021/22, says Confused.com.
Some 30 years after the first ‘Gatso’ appeared on British roads, the investigation revealed which cameras are now most prolific at catching drivers who are travelling faster than the speed limit.
Data obtained from police forces show that these are the stretches of road where the most drivers were caught speeding by cameras in the financial year 2021/22
The comparison website sent a Freedom of Information request to all 46 police forces in Britain regarding the number of intended prosecutions for speeding offences captured by cameras in their areas.
Confused said 36 forces responded with figures, meaning the 1.74million offences does not paint the full picture of how many drivers are being caught out by speed cameras each year.
The provided data shows that some areas are more prolific than others.
According to the numbers provided, average speed cameras on the 40mph stretch of the busy A40 in North-West London between Long Drive and Welland Gardens are the most prolific.
These average speed cameras heading into the capital have caught 49,050 speeding drivers in the last financial year alone.
Average speed cameras on the A40 heading into London are said to be the most prolific at catching motorists over the limit in the previous financial year, according to an investigation by Confused.com
Cameras on the M25 in Surrey and M4 near Bristol follow with over 41,000 speeding offences combined.
Top 10 sections of road where drivers are most commonly caught speeding
1. A40 between Long Drive and Wellands Gardens E/B: 49,050 intended prosecutions by Metropolitan Police
2. M25 Junction 7-16, Surrey: 23,134 intended prosecutions by Surrey Police
3. M4 Junction 20-19, Bristol: 18,317 intended prosecutions by Avon & Somerset
4. A5460 Narborough Road, Leicester, Jnc with Fullhurst Avenue: 16,634 intended prosecutions by Leicestershire Police
5. M6 Junction 1-4 (Northbound and Southbound): 15,410 intended prosecutions by Warwickshire Police
6. Garston Way/ Dock Road, Liverpool: 15,295 intended prosecutions by Merseyside Police
7. M5 Junction 4a-6, Birmingham: 15,062 intended prosecutions by West Mercia Police
8. A282 Dartford Tunnel Approach Road: 14,423 intended prosecutions by Kent Police
9. Lewes Road, Brighton, Jnc with Coldean Lane: 14,172 intended prosecutions by Sussex Police
10. M6 Junction 7 & 8 N/B, Birmingham: 12,762 intended prosecutions by West Midlands Police
Source: Confused.com FOI request to UK police forces for number of speed camera offences in financial year 2021/22. 36 out of 46 UK forces responded with data
The A5460 in Leicester and the M6 near Coventry rounded out the top five roads where motorists are most likely to be flashed by a speed camera.
Despite so many drivers being flashed by roadside cameras, the data provided by the police show that only 457,232 were forced to take a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.
Instead of a fine, 698,115 drivers opted to take a speed awareness course, which typically costs around £100 for enrolment but sees participants escape having points added to their licence, which would likely have caused their insurance premiums to increase.
According to Confused’s research, there are currently more than 1,300 operating speeding cameras policing our roads.
Further research by the comparison site – involving a poll of 2,000 drivers – found that almost half (44 per cent) have received at least one speeding fine in the past.
Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of those caught speeding faced a fine, with the average speeding penalty totalling £181.70.
Confused said the rising cost of living should be another incentive for hard-up motorists to reduce their speed, with fines and penalty points a double-blow on finances.
While recent analysis shows that moving from having zero to three penalty points on a driving licence has little impact on car insurance premiums, rising from three to six is will result in far costlier cover.
This is likely why almost a fifth (18 per cent) of drivers polled in the study say they chose to attend a speed awareness course over a fine and three points.
Commenting on the report, Confused’s car insurance expert, Alex Kindred, said: ‘A worrying number of drivers are being caught on the roads for speeding, whether it be by Gatso cameras or other speed cameras.
‘If you’re faced with a speeding fine, there’s a chance it could be calculated based on your salary, and may be heftier than you first think.’
Instead of accepting the fine and three points, 698,115 of the 1.74million drivers caught speeding in 2021/22 opted to take a speed awareness course, police data shows
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