August 12th, 2008

Find me a Cash Cow

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I came across the below set of figures recently. Just have a quick scan through & see if you can guess what the figures represent. Notice that most forces’ figure has risen in the last 10 years (that figures were available) while only a small number have gone down.

Force 1997 2006
Avon & Somerset £291,760 £3,156,360
Bedfordshire £348,000 £2,904,420
Cambridgeshire £593,480 £1,230,120
Cheshire £431,400 £1,714,200
Cleveland £129,560 £1,142,640
Cumbria £195,280 £1,921,380
Derbyshire £697,520 1,187,840
Devon & Cornwall £2,446,000 £2,549,220
Dorset £446,880 £3,095,940
Durham £128,520 £169,020
Essex £1,844,920 £3,642,300
Gloucestershire £250,400 £804,360
Greater Manchester £2,195,760 £3,616,920
Hampshire £1,098,400 £2,964,240
Hertfordshire £704,160 £4,908,300
Humberside £389,400 £2,203,080
Kent £1,148,240 £2,830,740
Lancashire £952,520 £3,471,480
Leicestershire £232,480 £1,476,360
Lincolnshire £263,520 £1,545,000
City of London £20,800 £365,340
Merseyside £472,320 £1,982,400
Metropolitan £1,807,520 £6,148,920
Norfolk £192,200 £1,499,100
Northamptonshire £148,880 £2,534,520
Northumbria £1,024,120 £3,112,800
North Yorkshire £475,160 £375,480
Nottinghamshire £185,000 £2,574,960
South Yorkshire £1,562,480 £3,088,920
Staffordshire £902,080 £3,049,380
Suffolk £290,840 £2,066,520
Surrey £213,600 £2,371,200
Sussex £1,004.960 £2,881,620
Thames Valley £2,131,400 £8,238,720
Warwickshire £74,280 £1,818,960
West Mercia £615,680 £2,772,780
West Midlands £375,120 £2,669,820
West Yorkshire £964,120 £2,791,680
Wiltshire ££453,200 £3,087,480
Dyfed Powys £268,320 £63,240
Gwent £210,520 £31,860
North Wales £365,840 £3,569,460
South Wales £889,080 £1,992,480
Total £28,510,120 £106,404,720

I suppose a lot of you have you guessed & it won’t be surprise to those who didn’t that the figures represent the amount of income generated by speed cameras.

Note that some ‘incomes’ have gone up by ten times or more. Only North Yorkshire, Dyfed Powys & Gwent have gone down.

This is all grist to the mill of those who criticise speed cameras. i.e. most motorists. The debate continues on how much use speed cameras are for increasing safety & reducing road deaths.

I remain smug in the knowledge that I’ve not contributed a single penny to the above coffers (in direct fines, I accept that my taxes go to provide & maintain the equipment & adminsitrative staff & processes to run the things).

One thing is sure, whether you think it’s good or bad that so much money is now being raised through speed fines, it’s the police who will get the rough end of the criticism stick. “Haven’t you got anything better to do,?” “picking on the motorist again”, despite the fact that the police officers have little or nothing to do with speed cameras, the people who maintain & administrate them just happen to live in the same building.

If I get some time I’ll try & find out how many people have been saved & not injured because we are fining more motorists. It might make a good project for a winter’s evening some time.

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