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Medway Council raised almost a £1m in traffic fines in three years in the Towns

By Lizzie Massey

Medway Council raised almost £1 million in fining drivers using CCTV in under three years.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that the five council cameras in operation across the Towns have raked in a massive £999,638.80 for the council since the start of 2013.

Four are used for bus lane enforcement and one is on the council’s spy car.

In 2013-14 there were 14,968 penalties issued and the revenue received was £509,311.53.

In 2014-15 there were 9,724 issued and generating £341,658.

So far in 2015 there have been 5,300 and £148,668 collected.

The council raised almost a million by fining drivers.
The council raised almost a million by fining drivers.

A spokeswoman for Medway Council said: “The money taken in penalties is spent on road maintenance and improving safety through the development of road safety schemes in Medway.

“The camera car is used for parking enforcement outside of Medway’s primary and secondary schools and is put in place at the request of schools. The camera is used to reduce the road safety risks to children posed by dangerously parked vehicles when pupils are being dropped off or collected from school.

“The static cameras are used for bus lane enforcement around the Waterfront bus station in Chatham. This supports the provision of a safe environment for the thousands of pedestrians that access buses there.”

The FOI was put in by Confused.com and Matt Lloyd, head of motor insurance the company said: “This is a staggering amount of money, but it’s also worrying to see the amount of traffic misdemeanours that motorists have committed.

“CCTV has always been a bone of contention for many people, as people feel their privacy has been invaded. However, by making drivers abide by the rules of the road, our roads should become a more stress free and safer place to drive on.”

The standard PCN from Medway Council is £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.

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