It’s emerged a speed camera in Southampton, dubbed “Britain’s busiest”, may have been incorrectly issuing fines for years.
The Daily Telegraph reports that authorities could face a “deluge of challenges” after two prosecutions were withdrawn by Hampshire Constabulary when vehicles were wrongly snapped by the camera, which remains on Maybray King Way, a busy dual carriageway in Southampton.
It says the camera caught 51,049 people driving over the 30mph limit between 2015 and 2017 and was triggered 70 times a day over that period, racking up an estimated £5 million in fines.
But now, the force has said it is “aware of an issue” with the camera that can “lead to incorrect readings with vehicles with a high, flat rear”.
The Telegraph says Police insist the camera does not have a fault, but accepted that it “can give a misread”. They could not say how many motorists had been wrongly handed fines of at least £100 as a result.
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