Hike in speeding fines imposed by magistrates
The number of speeding fines imposed by magistrates during 2013 rose to its highest level since 2009 (BBC News).
Figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show 115,549 motorists were issued with fines of at least £100 in 2013.
In South Wales the number of drivers fined in 2013 tripled to 6,491, from 2,181 three years earlier. And the number of fines grew over the same period by almost 1,000 in both South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and by close to 2,000 in Staffordshire.
However, a spokeswoman for the DfT told BBC News that the MoJ figures “show the number of fines issued is in decline across many police force areas."
Edmund King, AA president, said the overall increase "is a reflection that (speed) cameras are more efficient than ever".
Mr King said: "In the past, cameras in London would only take valid pictures for a quarter of a day and it was pot luck whether you are fined. The cameras are now working 24 hours a day."
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