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A Fine Time To Be A Motorist

Fri, 03 Jan 2014

ALREADY cash-strapped motorists are paying millions of pounds for minor infringements after a record number of fines were issued, according to claims made by a national newspaper.

The Daily Mail said that drivers are paying out £135 million a year after being caught on camera blocking box junctions or straying into bus lanes.

Some 1.32 million fines were issued for minor offences in 2011/12, the newspaper said, a record number and a rise of 16% on the previous year.

Drivers in London were hit hardest, being penalised 850,000 times in 2012/13 compared with 797,000 times the year before.

Reading Council handed out the most penalty charges of any council outside London, the Mail said, issuing 101,000 fines in 2011/12. Overall, councils outside London issued 527,027 fines in 2011/12, compared with 357,788 the year before.

Motoring organisations accused councils of targeting drivers to line their pockets.

Commenting on the figures, Sarah Rice, from the RAC, told the Mail: "It really does look as though motorists are being used to raise revenue for cash-strapped councils.

"Cameras need to be set up fairly and signed clearly so that drivers are not unduly punished for minor errors just to generate more money for the authorities. Motorists are generally law abiding and want to obey the rules."

By Press Association reporters