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Britain's busiest speed cameras revealed

Press release: 04/07/2014

  • Britain's busiest speed camera is on the M60, Junction 25, in Greater Manchester
  • This camera detected 9,326 speeding offences in 2013, generating £189,140 in speeding fines
  • Nine in 10 (88%) councils changed speed limits in their area last year
  • 15% of drivers who received speeding tickets last year were caught out by recent changes to speed limits

New research by LV= car insurance reveals Britain's busiest speed camera is on the M60, Junction 25, in Greater Manchester. The speed camera issued the most speeding offences last year when compared to cameras across the rest of the UK.

Official Police and council data obtained by a freedom of information request from LV= reveals that 9,326 speeding offences were detected by this camera, generating £189,140 [1] in speeding fines in 2013 alone. Other busy speed cameras [2] include one situated on the A13 Thames Gateway (westbound) to Scratton Terrace in London (8,002 offences issued), and one on the M54 between junction one and three in Staffordshire.

Overall Police handed out almost 400,000 [3] fixed penalty notices for speeding and 73,944 court summons last year, equating to British motorists paying out £22 million [4] in fines. This figure excludes those who took a speed awareness course to avoid paying a fine or receiving points. Most drivers who were caught speeding said they were spotted by one of Britain's estimated [5] 3,353 fixed speed cameras (58%), with a significant proportion caught by Police with a camera at the roadside (28%) and Police without a camera (12%) [6]. On an average day, it is estimated that there is now a fixed or mobile camera in operation for every 67 miles [7] of British road.

Since 2009, one in seven (14%) drivers have been caught speeding and 22% of these have been caught more than once. Police data shows that the number of motorists caught speeding slightly increased last year with the total number of offences up by 3% compared with 2012 figures [8].

It would seem that one in six (15%) drivers were caught out by recent changes to local speed limits, with a further one in five (19%) saying that the speed limit was not clearly displayed so they were unsure what the limit was at the time they were caught speeding.

In fact, last year the vast majority (88%) of councils [9] responsible for implementing and amending speed restrictions made alterations to speed limits in their council area. In these instances consideration is given to the characteristics of the road, current traffic speeds and the injury accident record when assessing whether a speed limit should be changed. On average 15 changes per council area were made to speed limits last year, with the majority of these introducing new slower zones in their area [10].

Among those drivers caught speeding more than once, more than four in 10 (43%) were caught speeding in the same location on more than one occasion. Many of these drivers believe that the location of this speed camera is unfair as the speed limit has recently changed at that location (21%) or that the speed limit changes too abruptly (18%).

It can be easy for motorists to become complacent when they get behind the wheel, especially when they drive on the same roads day in and day out. However, it's important that drivers always concentrate on the road so they can spot any new road signs, changes in speed limits, and are aware of what other motorists are doing.

John O'Roarke, Managing Director of LV= car insurance

While the majority of speeding motorists are caught exceeding the speed limit by just a few miles per hour, there are some who have exceeded the limit excessively. The research shows that so far this year (2014), Kent Police caught Britain's fastest speeder driving at 146mph on the M25 in Swanley. Another was caught by Warwickshire Police driving at 130mph on the M6 Toll Road and Police Scotland caught someone driving at 129mph on the A90 between Dundee to Aberdeen.

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Number of speed offences detected by busiest speed cameras in 2013

(Source: Police Forces and councils)

Police Force / Council

Number of speed offences detected
by busiest cameras in 2013

Location of camera

Estimated money generated
in speeding tickets

Greater Manchester Police


M60, junction 25


MET Police


A13 Thames Gateway/Kent Avenue to
A13 Scrattons Terrace (IG11 Westbound)


Staffordshire County Council


M54 between J1 and J3

unable to estimate

Thames Valley Police


A34 Wytham


Bedfordshire Police


Milton Ernest


Warwickshire Police


A435 Studley Road Alcester North West

unable to provide

Nottinghamshire Police


A52, Clifton Boulevard

unable to provide

Surrey Police

4, 530

M25, Godstone to Oxted


Police Scotland


Exempt from disclosure

unable to provide

Merseyside Police


Scotland Road, A59 (southbound), Liverpool

unable to provide


The research was conducted by ICM research and commissioned by LV= car insurance. ICM questioned 2,025 adults online of which 1,575 were drivers about their experiences of speeding. The research was conducted between 16 and 18 May 2014.

A Freedom of Information request was sent to all 45 Police constabularies in England, Wales, of Scotland, of which 30 (67%) had replied with data at the time of compiling. In addition 435 councils were contacted with the FOI request of which 335 (77%) responded.

  1. According to the FOI response from Greater Manchester Police.
  2. According to FOI responses from MET Police and Staffordshire County Council.
  3. Actual figure is 381,826
  4. According to FOI data, Police issued 381,826 FPNs last year costing £60 per FPN. 381,826 x £60 = £22,909,560
  5. According to FOI data Police estimate that there are on average 74.5 fixed speed cameras in their area. 74.5 x 45 Police Forces = 3,353
  6. ICM research. Respondents were asked how they were caught speeding. ‘Other' represents 8%.
  7. According to ONS, the total road length in Great Britain in 2011 was estimated to be 245,000 miles ( 245,000 divided by 3,670 (3,353 fixed speed cameras and 317 mobile cameras in operation on an average day) = one camera for every 67 miles of GB road.
  8. According to the Police data there were 1,406,091 incidents of speeding in 2013 - up from 1,369,274 in 2012. This represents a 3% rise. This is based on FOI data from 25 out of 45 police forces (the other 15 forces either did not collate the data or could not extract it.)
  9. According to FOI data among councils, last year 88% made amends to speed limits and 12% did not.
  10. According to FOI data among councils, the majority of councils (85%) that introduced new slower zones into their area were either changing the speed limit to; from 50mph to 40mph; from 40mph to 30mph or from 30mph to 20mph. The remaining councils could not provide the specific details in their FOI response (15%).


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