Number of councils using CCTV to monitor motoring offences jumps 76%
The results of a Freedom of Information request by the Confused.com price comparison site show that since 2012 the number of councils using CCTV to monitor motoring offences has risen by 76%, from 25 to 44 councils this year. Currently, there are 768 active CCTV cameras being used by the local authorities to monitor traffic offences, and this number has risen year on year. However, more than half (53%) of motorists didn’t know that some authorities are using their CCTV cameras to catch people committing motoring offences.
The research also found that motorists in the last three years have been hit hard with fines of £182,462,118 for driving infringements. These include driving in bus lanes, driving through no entry areas, stopping in yellow box junctions, going the wrong way in a one way street and committing illegal U-turns, all of which have been recorded by CCTV cameras.
So far in 2015 alone, motorists have been fined £36,802,955, and issued 977,969 PCNs.
Glasgow City Council has made the most revenue so far this year, with the total standing at £4,000,468.
Meanwhile Wandsworth Council is marked out as the council with the most CCTV cameras in use to monitor traffic offences anywhere in the UK, with a total of 122 CCTV cameras in place. The London Borough of Hounslow comes in second, using 63 CCTV cameras to catch drivers who flout the law.