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Highways England defends increase in motorway speeding fines

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A marked increase in the number of “stealth cameras” being installed on UK motorways has led to a 25 per cent rise in the number of drivers being fined for speeding.

Figures published by The Times over the weekend show that at least 112,000 motorists were slapped with penalty notices or went to court for breaking the speed limit on motorways.

Inconspicuous “grey cameras” – harder to spot than the traditional yellow design – have been blamed for the increase.

The use of variable speed limits is also thought to have contributed to the rising number of drivers being caught out; many of those issued with fines were caught breaching temporary limits which were far below the usual 70mph.

Edmund King, the AA’s president, said: “You’re much more likely to be involved in an accident on a rural road but we don’t see cameras or traffic cops all over the place in the countryside.”

In total, The Times collected data from 24 out of 45 police forces in the UK and found that the number of people issued with penalties in these areas had risen to over 112,000 in 2014. This compares to 88,857 the year before.

A spokesman for Highways England rebuffed suggestions that stealth tactics were being deployed.

He said: “All cameras are signposted and more visible than before, and the vast majority of motorists are sticking to the limit.”

Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or speed traps. Leeds-based solicitors Lester Morrill has a wealth of experience representing those facing speeding charges – for more details about how we can help, contact us today.

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