Temporary traffic camera nets £2m in three months
A traffic camera that has been set up at a confusing diversion in London has netted a staggering £2m in the three months that it has been stationed at Victoria station.
The single camera has caught 16,123 drivers that have unwittingly turned down the temporary bus lane that has been put in place on the road that drivers usually use to go past the station.
With each being fined at up to £120 each, drivers have now had to cough up more than £1.9m in the short time the camera has been operational.
If the camera stays where it is for the 12 month period that the works are scheduled to last for, the camera will rack up a staggering £7.7m in fines. Drivers are fined £120 a time, but this is reduced to £60 if the fine is paid within two weeks.
The road is used by thousands of drivers each day as it is on the route that allows them to cut through the congestion charge zone without paying the toll. The diversion has also been made toll free and the area is covered in temporary signs, but drivers are still automatically swinging down the bus lane thanks to permanent signs still being displayed.
Once drivers have made the turn, a barrier prevents them from rectifying their mistake and turning back to the diversion meaning they have no escape from being snapped by the camera. To make matters worse, the Transport for London website still highlights the banned route as a way to avoid the congestion charge zone.
News of the money spinning camera comes as it is revealed that thousands of speed traps will be face the axe after their funds were cut, but the yellow boxes the devices were homed in will remain as a deterrent.
A government insider told The Mail that it would be likely that as many as nine out of 10 camera boxes would be empty after the cuts.