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Greater London has the most speed cameras in the UK

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Greater London has been identified as having the largest number of speed cameras in the UK, with almost 1,000 speed traps located across the Capital.

The camera hotspots include spot speed sites, red-light cameras, ‘speed on’ green sites and average speed cameras.

London has 0.6 speed cameras per square Km, the highest proportion of any region. Derbyshire, which has the second highest number of cameras in the UK, has a density of 0.3 cameras per square Km.

The data was obtained by short-term insurance provider Go Shorty, by means of a Freedom of Information Request.

Rank

Area

Cameras currently installed

1

Greater London

995

2

Derbyshire

958

3

West Yorkshire

402

4

Humberside

266

5

Devon and Cornwall

115

6

Essex

100

7

Bedfordshire

97

8

Kent

84

9

South Wales

69

10

Gwent

67

 

The organisation also gathered data on the highest speeds captured in each region. Nottinghamshire topped the list, with one driver caught travelling at 191mph. The offence was committed on the M1 Southbound, between junctions 26 and 25.

Eight constabularies in the UK reported speeders caught travelling at 150mph or more.

Rank

Constabulary

Speed

1

Nottinghamshire Police

191mph

2

Humberside Police

163mph

3

West Yorkshire Police

159mph

4

Essex Police

158mph

5

Kent Police

157mph

6

Gwent Police

155mph

7

Sussex Police

151mph

8

Lincolnshire Police

151mph

9

Derbyshire Police

148mph

10

Lancashire Police

147mph

 

Almost half of fixed speed cameras are not working, however, according to a separate study answered by 26 out of 44 police forces.

Of the 1,092 fixed speed cameras, 523 are inactive. Wiltshire Police reported that they have no fixed or mobile cameras but just rely on handheld cameras.

Some areas – like North Yorkshire, Durham, and Northamptonshire – have no fixed speed cameras working at all. Some of the cameras started to be switched off 10 years ago when funding arrangements were changed, and they became too expensive to replace.

The findings, from a BBC Panorama investigation, come as death rates on UK roads have plateaued over the past decade, after previously declining for 30 years. The death rate on the country’s roads increased by 5% in 2020.

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