No CCTV hunting our law-breaking motorists

A CCTV camera filming a motorist illegally trying to turn right
A CCTV camera filming a motorist illegally trying to turn right

WIGAN Council has confirmed it does not use CCTV or so-called “spy cameras” to catch motorists despite the practice being on the rise.

Analysis by price comparison website Confused.com found the number of local authorities across the country using surveillance devices to spot drivers flouting the law has risen by 76 per cent since 2012.

Motorists have paid out more than £182m in fines for driving infringements caught on CCTV since 2012, with Glasgow City Council currently leading the way in the use of technology to catch offenders this year, raking in just over £4m so far in 2015.

Wigan Council said it had not been approached by Confused.com in relation to the figures, which were amassed using Freedom of Information requests, but stressed the town hall does not use traffic cameras or CCTV for enforcement purposes on the borough’s roads.

The data shows 44 councils have issued fines to drivers using camera this year, compared to 25 in 2012. Currently 768 CCTV cameras are being used by local authorities to monitor traffic offences.

So far in 2015 motorists have been fined £36,802,955 and issued with 977,969 penalty charge notices (PCNs) for infringements included driving in bus lanes, driving through no entry areas, stopping in yellow box junctions, committing illegal U-turns and travelling the wrong way up a one-way street.

Researchers also polled 2,000 motorists for their views on traffic offences and revealed the most common motoring offence by far is speeding, which accounted for 62 per cent of infringements, followed by parking on double yellow lines and stopping in a yellow box.

Research also reveals the use of CCTV cameras is not popular with drivers, with 41 per cent of those surveyed believing the use of cameras was merely a way for town halls to generate cash and 24 per cent believing it was outright wrong to use surveillance devices to catch motorists committing offences.

Of those surveyed 29 per cent said they would consider driving in a bus lane and 12 per cent would think about stopping in a yellow grid or box.

Apart from Glasgow the most lucrative CCTV cameras monitoring our roads are in London, with four of the capital city’s borough accounting for the other top five spots bringing in between £1.95m and £3m.

Wandsworth Council has the most CCTV cameras trained on its roads with 122, followed by Hounslow in London with 63.