Daily Express: Speeding drivers pay out £106m

Thursday, 7 August, 2008

SPEEDING fines are costing drivers nearly four times more than when Labour came to power a decade ago.

The Government collected £106.4million in revenue in 2006- up from £28.5million in 1997.

The number of speeding tickets issued has also gone up, from 712,000 to 1.77 million.

The cost of a ticket has risen from £40 to £60 over the last 10 years.

The latest figures were obtained by the Conservatives who called on ministers to show how they are using the money to make Britain's roads safer.

Shadow police reform minister David Ruffley said: "Ministers need to tell us what they are doing with this £100million a year taken from motorists." The Department for Transport said revenue from speed cameras had declined in the last year.

A spokesman said: "Safety cameras are there to save lives, not make money.

Independent research has shown that there are 1,745 fewer deaths and serious injuries at camera sites each year."