Laura Sharman 04 July 2014

Most councils changed speed limits last year

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Nine in ten councils changed speed limits in their areas last year, according to new research.

The research, conducted by LV= car insurance, also reveals Britain’s busiest speed camera is on the M60, Junction 25, in Greater Manchester. Data obtained though Freedom of Information requests shows this camera detected 9,326 speeding offences in 2013, generating £189,140 in speeding fines.

Overall, motorists paid out £22m in fines during 2013, with one in six (15%) saying they were caught out by recent changes to local speed limits. The majority of councils (88%) said they has made alterations to speed limits in their areas, with an average of 15 changes per council area made.

John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: ‘It can be easy for motorists to become complacent when they get behind the wheel, especially when they drive on the same roads day in and day out.

‘However, it's important that drivers always concentrate on the road so they can spot any new road signs, changes in speed limits, and are aware of what other motorists are doing.’

Of the drivers fined for speeding, 58% were caught by fixed speed cameras (58%), with 28% being caught by the Police with a camera at the roadside. The research suggests there is now a fixed or mobile camera in operation for every 67 miles of British road.

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