There is quite a lot of interesting information coming out of the Government since the Freedom of Information Act. In particular I stumbled upon the Department for Transport web site and found the following:
- The last audited 12 month period is the 2003/04 financial year that ended on 31 March 2004. The total fine receipts for speeding and red light offences detected by fixed and mobile cameras was £113,549,240.
- Of this amount, £91,848,844 was reinvested in road safety as payments back to the partnerships including the police, local highway authorities and magistrates’ courts who operate within the safety camera programme.
- The amount retained by the Treasury was £21,700,396 which is the difference between 1) and 2) above.
Wow – over £113 million raised in a year just from speed camera fines and £22 million of that was kept by the Treasury as pure profit.
There is also a request for information about a report on the effectiveness of safety cameras, presumably from a road safety perspective rather than the potential for blatant profiteering. The DfT response was:
- Yes. A 4th year report on the effectiveness of the first four years of the safety camera programme is being prepared.
- The lead authors of the report are PA Consulting and University College London.
- The planned publication date is in the Autumn of this year.
- The report does not currently exist.
I look forward to reading the outcome!