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Record number of speeding fines in 20mph zones handed out last year


  • The Met reportedly issues one speeding fine for every four cars in London

A record number of speeding fines in 20mph zones were handed out last year despite the Prime Minister’s pledge to end the ‘war on motorists’.

In Autumn, Rishi Sunak insisted that he was ‘slamming the brakes on the war on motorists’, including ‘blanked 20mph speed limits’.

However, motorists in Britain received more than 216,000 fines for speeding in 2023, four times more than 2018, the Times reports.

A campaign group called 20’s Plenty has even claimed around 28million people in the UK live in areas with a 20mph zone or it is being planned.

It is estimated that the Metropolitan police alone is handing out one ticket for every four cars in London.

A cardboard cut-out fake traffic police officer with a speed gun attached

A cardboard cut-out fake traffic police officer with a speed gun attached

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has previously pledged to end 'the war on motorists'

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has previously pledged to end ‘the war on motorists’

The statistics showed that the Met fined eight times more people for travelling between 20mph and 30mph last year than it did for driving above 60mph. 

Earlier this month it was revealed that hundreds of motorists are seeking to appeal speeding fines after it emegred that an ‘unauthorised’ 50mph sign was erected in a strict 40mph zone.

The fake speed sign on the A20 in Sidcup, south-east London, showed that motorists could travel up to 50mph, but the actual speed limit was set at 40mph.

TfL had introduced the temporary 40mph speed limit out of safety concerns due to ongoing surface water flooding which posed a ‘serious risk to road users’.

The inaccurate sign have left motorists fuming after finding that they were slapped with speeding fines and points of their licenses, unaware that the sign was fake and that they were driving over the speed limit.

The sign, on the eastbound side of the road, between Crittals Corner, in Sidcup, and the Swanley Interchange, has since been replaced with the correct speed limit, according to TfL.

It is estimated that the Met handing out one ticket for every four cars in London

It is estimated that the Met handing out one ticket for every four cars in London



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