A fine life for motorists

MOTORISTS from Cambridgeshire spent an average of between £1 and £2 a person on speeding tickets for the year 2005 to 2006, according to a survey carried out for Philip s Road Atlas. This puts the county 29th out of 37 for spending on speeding in England

MOTORISTS from Cambridgeshire spent an average of between £1 and £2 a person on speeding tickets for the year 2005 to 2006, according to a survey carried out for Philip's Road Atlas.

This puts the county 29th out of 37 for spending on speeding in England and Wales. We rank 36 out of 37 counties for the number of speed tickets issued and we are bottom of the league, 37 out of 37, for fixed penalty notices.

The study records cars registered in Cambridgeshire - regardless of where they actually speed.

However, when we are fined, we pay up. Cambridgeshire ranks seventh out of 37 for the percentage of fines collected.


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As for how we compare

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Cambridgeshire raised £1.260 million in fixed penalty notices compared with Essex at £4.733million, Northants, £3.076 million, Lincolnshire, £1.755 million and Norfolk, £1.32 6million. Hertfordshire £2.813million and Suffolk £1.965million.

Across the county, fewer fines were issued but more of the culprits paid up. There were three per cent fewer fixed penality notices issued in 2005/6 in England and Wales and 86 per cent of fines were collected, compared with 83 per cent the previous year. The money raised - £114.6million - was an increase of one per cent. The amount ranges from £9.456million in London (despite the fact that the average speed of cars in the city is some 12 miles an hour) to £1,100million in Merseyside.

However the money raised per person ranges from £5.82 in North Wales to just £0.80 in Merseyside.

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