Faulty camera nets fortune

Finance | 19 Oct 2021

A speed camera that triggered 5 million (HK$52.9 million) in fines between 2015 and 2017 has been found to be faulty.

The United Kingdom's busiest speed camera, on Southampton's Maybray King Way, caught more than 51,000 motorists supposedly breaking the 30 mph speed limit. The next-busiest camera caught only 38,000 speeders during the same three-year period.

Hampshire Police have since admitted that the camera had been recording "incorrect readings" for vehicles with a "high flat rear."

Owners of vans, SUVs, motor-homes and other taller vehicles have been hit particularly hard by the camera's costly quirk.

"It's worrying to think just how many motorists have wrongly been prosecuted as a result of the issue with this camera," said RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams. Since the news of the faulty camera emerged, motorists have come forward with stories of their erroneous fines.

IT engineer Nathan Thompson, 37, who received a letter claiming he was driving his motor-home at 50 mph, said: "If I didn't have the evidence that I was going 25 mph, then it would have ended up with me going to court. I'd have lost my job. That technology shouldn't go wrong. It has the potential to seriously ruin lives."

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