Britain's busiest speed camera made £189,000 in 2013

Increased speed limits helps to cut accidents
7 Jul, 2014 1:00pm Joe Finnerty

Camera on M60 most profitable as speeding offences rise three per cent from 2012

Speeding motorists on UK roads were fined more than £22 million in 2013 with one camera in Greater Manchester recorded as the most profitable.

In total, police forces issued 400,000 fixed penalty notices for speeding in 2013 along with 73,944 court summons, according to data obtained by LV= car insurance. The figures are up three per cent on 2012.

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Britain’s busiest speed camera was at Junction 25 of the M60 which clocked 9,326 motorists last year, generating £189,140.

Other top cameras included one on the westbound stretch of the A13 Thames Gateway to Scratton Terrace and one on the M54 between junction one and three in Staffordshire.

More than half of the drivers who were caught speeding said they were spotted by one of Britain's estimated 3,353 fixed speed cameras (58 per cent), with almost one in three caught by police with a camera at the roadside. Police without a camera caught just 12 per cent.

One speed camera every 67 miles in the UK

LV= car insurance estimates that there’s a fixed or mobile speed camera in operation for every 67 miles of British road.

Over the past five years, one in seven drivers have been caught speeding and 22 per cent of these have been caught more than once.

One reason for the rise in speeding offences could be down to ever-changing speed limits on roads with 88 per cent of UK councils amending speed restrictions in their area.

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John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance said: “It can be easy for motorists to become complacent when they get behind the wheel, especially when they drive on the same roads day in and day out.

“However, it's important that drivers always concentrate on the road so they can spot any new road signs, changes in speed limits, and are aware of what other motorists are doing.”

In 2014, research shows that the fastest speed clocked so far is 146mph on the M25 in Swanley by Kent Police. Second is a 130mph driver caught by Warwickshire Police on the M6 Toll.

Number of speed offences detected by busiest speed cameras in 2013

Police Force / Council Speed offences from cameras (2013) Camera location  Estimated money generated
Greater Manchester Police 9,326 M60, junction 25 £189,140.00
MET Police 8,002 A13 Thames Gateway/Kent Avenue to 
A13 Scrattons Terrace (IG11 Westbound)
Staffordshire County Council 7,403 M54 between J1 and J3 unable to estimate
Thames Valley Police 7,138 A34 Wytham £126,640.00
Bedfordshire Police 7,079 Milton Ernest £167,600.00
Warwickshire Police 6,414 A435 Studley Road Alcester North West unable to provide
Nottinghamshire Police 4,815 A52, Clifton Boulevard unable to provide
Surrey Police 4, 530 M25, Godstone to Oxted £126,260.00
Police Scotland 4,396 Exempt from disclosure unable to provide
Merseyside Police 3,735 Scotland Road, A59 (southbound), Liverpool unable to provide

(Source: Police Forces and councils)