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Britain's Busiest Speed Camera Is Faulty And Authorities May Have To Repay £5m To Drivers

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Britain's Busiest Speed Camera Is Faulty And Authorities May Have To Repay £5m To Drivers

Police say that the busiest speed camera in the country is faulty and a drivers' group is now calling on authorities to repay over £5 million in fines.

The 30mph limit camera managed to catch 51,049 people driving over the limit between 2015 and 2017, which triggered 70 times a day over the same period.

Credit: Solent News Southampton
Credit: Solent News Southampton

The dreaded photo snapper sits on a dual carriage way on Maybray King Way in Southampton, Hants and the minimum fine starts at £100, which is believed to have totted up to more than £5m.

However, Hampshire police has now revealed it has been recording incorrect readings of vehicles with a 'high flat rear'.

A drivers' organisation called on authorities to refund every driver fined as a result of being recorded by the camera.

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Two other drivers have proved they were incorrectly penalised.

Credit: Solent News Southampton
Credit: Solent News Southampton

One of the unfortunate motorists, Nathan Thompson, says he could have lost his job because of the incident.

Nathan said: "If I was in a hire car or a work car and from outside the area and I didn't have proof of going 25mph I'd have had to pay it, so I wonder how many other people have been in a similar situation with that camera, as it's the most profitable in the country.

"If I didn't have the evidence that I was going 25mph, then it would have ended up with me going to court. I'd have lost my job.

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Credit: Solent News Southampton
Credit: Solent News Southampton

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: "We are aware of an issue with the camera on Maybray King Way, which can lead to incorrect readings with vehicles with a high flat rear.

"Our Summary Justice Unit has thorough processes in place to ensure that we prevent any incorrect prosecutions occurring.

"There have been two cases in which we have identified this issue and have stopped proceedings."

Featured Image Credit: Solent News Southampton

Topics: Car, UK, Traffic

Anish Vij
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