The ten speed cameras raking in £25 million in three years

Just 10 speed cameras raked in as much as £25million in three years, it has been revealed.

The machines caught 253,684 drivers who would each have been fined at least £100.

A single unit was triggered 41,056 times on the A449 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire – averaging at more than 250 times every week.

It has sparked so much fury among motorists that the camera was set alight last year by vandals who set it ablaze using petrol, the Star reports. 

The machines caught 253,684 drivers who would each have been fined at least £100 (stock photo)

RAC spokesman Simon Williams told the newspaper: ‘There is a common belief among motorists that speed cameras are more about raising revenue than they are about road safety.

Where speed cameras caught the most drivers 

1. A449 in Kidderminster


2. A435 northbound in Studley, near Redditch 


3. A1 at Barrowby Thorns in Lincolnshire


4. M62 eastbound J18/J19 in Greater Manchester 


5. A28 at Pin Hill in Canterbury, Kent 


6. A45 westbound near Coventry 


7. A358 in Henlade, near Taunton 


8. M606 southbound near Bradford


9. M60 clockwise J25 in Greater Manchester


10. A4540 at New John Street West in Birmingham 


‘If forces are to convince motorists they are about road safety they should be thinking in terms of average speed cameras, as they ensure drivers stick to the limit over a fixed length of road.

‘With a 27% decline in the number of dedicated roads’ police officers from 2010 to 2015 it is perhaps unsurprising that six in 10 drivers feel there are not enough police on the roads to enforce driving laws.’

Other locations where cameras caught thousands of motorists include Barrowby Thorns in Lincolnshire where 35,584 where snapped and on the eastbound M62 between J18 and J19 where 29,205 potential fines were issued.

It comes after police data revealed that only half of all fixed speed cameras are actually switched on.

Of the 45 forces in the UK, four have no fixed speed cameras at all, while 13 said fewer than half of their cameras are active.

Out of a total 2,838 cameras in the UK, only 1,486 are in use, according to police responses to Freedom of Information requests.

But police said they regularly review which fixed cameras are turned on, meaning drivers should not be complacent.

Road safety charity Brake described the figures as concerning and called for all cameras to be switched on, while AA president Edmund King said the high number of inactive cameras was due to pressure on budgets.