Thousands caught by speed cameras in Gwent

South Wales Argus: The speed camera near Newport City Centre that catches more motorists than any other locally on the A4042 heading towards Newport. Cars passing the speed camera on the A4042. (3201717) The speed camera near Newport City Centre that catches more motorists than any other locally on the A4042 heading towards Newport. Cars passing the speed camera on the A4042. (3201717)

SPEED cameras caught thousands of people in Gwent in the past year, figures obtained by the Argus indicate.

Highways chiefs caught 19,595 motorists on the ten highest-grossing cameras in Gwent, statistics from GoSafe, Wales’ Road Casualty Reduction Partnership show.

This means the cameras could have raised up to £1.9 million for the Treasury in the past year alone.

The most lucrative camera is on the A4042 in Kingsway, Newport, which was named as the second highest grossing in the UK this summer.

The fixed camera notched up £1.4m in speeding fines in the last three years, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Motorists blasted highways chiefs, saying the yellow boxed camera was a “speed trap”.

New figures obtained by the Argus confirmed the fixed camera at the entrance to Newport city centre was the highest grossing in Gwent, with 5,211 fines issued between January and November.

A camera on the M4 Tolls Plaza at Rogiet came second, with 2,494 fines handed out, followed by the B4237 in Cardiff Road, Newport, which generated 1,440 tickets.

A speed camera in Nelson Road, Ystrad Mynach, came fourth, with 1,308 fines handed out, and a further 1,006 on the A468 Newport Road in Trethomas between January and November.

Motorists receive £100 fines and three penalty points when they are caught by a speeding camera.

But they can escape the penalties by going on an £85 speed awareness course if the speeding is low and they have not completed a similar course in the last three years.

Almost half the motorists – 48 per cent – went on such courses in Wales last year.

Highways chiefs put up the camera on the A4042 after five accidents, including a fatality, in the three years before it became operational in 2002.

GoSafe said collisions fell by around three- quarters when speed cameras went up at accident blackspots.

A spokeswoman said: “Cameras are installed where there is a history of collisions and speeding in agreement with the highway authority and police.”

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4:30pm Wed 1 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

£100 for speeding yet £50 for theft from a shop I have even seen £80 fine for street robbery and some silly caution . If it has nothing to do with the money then why can the fines not go to charity.
£100 for speeding yet £50 for theft from a shop I have even seen £80 fine for street robbery and some silly caution . If it has nothing to do with the money then why can the fines not go to charity. scraptheWAG

4:47pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

…..whether these cameras are ‘cash cows’ or a legitimate safety measures is questionable……bu
t what this article fails to point out is the increased insurance premiums someone caught by one will find…..a recent programme pointed out for a speeding offence insurance will cost on average 12% more…..and for those caught/convicted using a mobile while driving….premiums will go up by 25%....
…..whether these cameras are ‘cash cows’ or a legitimate safety measures is questionable……bu t what this article fails to point out is the increased insurance premiums someone caught by one will find…..a recent programme pointed out for a speeding offence insurance will cost on average 12% more…..and for those caught/convicted using a mobile while driving….premiums will go up by 25%.... Dave on his Soapbox

5:11pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Fixed speed camera's are usually put there where there is a spate of accidents as reported, what really pee's me off is the sneaky mobile one's that hide in places to catch you for there daily target numbers, never by schools or nursery's i.e on motorway bridges or a good one you for you ,,,come out of Royal Oak Hill Newport turn left onto Chepstow Rd accelerate as you see the 40 MPH sign but your in a 30 mph zone and zap your caught as he is there waiting in front of you, almost had me me you B**tard !
Fixed speed camera's are usually put there where there is a spate of accidents as reported, what really pee's me off is the sneaky mobile one's that hide in places to catch you for there daily target numbers, never by schools or nursery's i.e on motorway bridges or a good one you for you ,,,come out of Royal Oak Hill Newport turn left onto Chepstow Rd accelerate as you see the 40 MPH sign but your in a 30 mph zone and zap your caught as he is there waiting in front of you, almost had me me you B**tard ! Jonnytrouble

7:26pm Wed 1 Jan 14

sperduti says...

that speed camera has been there for long enough surely every one knows that and its visible to see from a distance away!! the one from Cardiff road has been removed , but they need to put one on gaer road near the gaer shops as the cars that speed up and down this road past the gaer inn is disgusting!!! its like a race track the speed they go !!
that speed camera has been there for long enough surely every one knows that and its visible to see from a distance away!! the one from Cardiff road has been removed , but they need to put one on gaer road near the gaer shops as the cars that speed up and down this road past the gaer inn is disgusting!!! its like a race track the speed they go !! sperduti

8:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

mal92 says...

If you don't speed, you don't get caught, hence no fine. Not really rocket science is it? No excuse for speeding!
If you don't speed, you don't get caught, hence no fine. Not really rocket science is it? No excuse for speeding! mal92

9:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

garethcole says...

No excuse for burglary either but that is in the hard tray
No excuse for burglary either but that is in the hard tray garethcole

1:15am Thu 2 Jan 14

county mad says...

How many speeding cars are actually registered to anyone for a fine to be levied?
How many speeding cars are actually registered to anyone for a fine to be levied? county mad

11:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

Russpy says...

The point regarding the camera under the roundabout as you come into Newport is that 1) you are coming from a 50 limit to a 30 limit. 2) there is not a proper footpath in that area, which is a dual carriageway, so there is no need for pedestrians to be there. 3) the bad accidents have been further down near the riverside centre, and you have traffic lights before you get there.
The camera is positioned there, as they all are, to produce income.
The point regarding the camera under the roundabout as you come into Newport is that 1) you are coming from a 50 limit to a 30 limit. 2) there is not a proper footpath in that area, which is a dual carriageway, so there is no need for pedestrians to be there. 3) the bad accidents have been further down near the riverside centre, and you have traffic lights before you get there. The camera is positioned there, as they all are, to produce income. Russpy

12:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

The vast majority of fixed cameras are there for income. However the numbers getting caught are still going up and an awful lot of people who get caught are local to the area.

Cameras should be removed to accident black spots e.g Heads of the Valley,
A40/A449 Monmouth to Newport and more attention should be paid near schools etc.

Why not put in place and enforce 20 mph limits in city and towns?
The vast majority of fixed cameras are there for income. However the numbers getting caught are still going up and an awful lot of people who get caught are local to the area. Cameras should be removed to accident black spots e.g Heads of the Valley, A40/A449 Monmouth to Newport and more attention should be paid near schools etc. Why not put in place and enforce 20 mph limits in city and towns? Abertillery29

12:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
Fixed speed camera's are usually put there where there is a spate of accidents as reported, what really pee's me off is the sneaky mobile one's that hide in places to catch you for there daily target numbers, never by schools or nursery's i.e on motorway bridges or a good one you for you ,,,come out of Royal Oak Hill Newport turn left onto Chepstow Rd accelerate as you see the 40 MPH sign but your in a 30 mph zone and zap your caught as he is there waiting in front of you, almost had me me you B**tard !
Also, I believe that these Camera Vans have been spotted doing a bit of night work recently.
Obviously, seriously short of funds somewhere.
My friend was sent on a speed awareness course for doing 33 in a 30.
This course is probably another cash cow dressed up to look like it's legitimate.
Whilst I agree to using cameras in 'accident black spots' they are massively over used for raising cash.
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: Fixed speed camera's are usually put there where there is a spate of accidents as reported, what really pee's me off is the sneaky mobile one's that hide in places to catch you for there daily target numbers, never by schools or nursery's i.e on motorway bridges or a good one you for you ,,,come out of Royal Oak Hill Newport turn left onto Chepstow Rd accelerate as you see the 40 MPH sign but your in a 30 mph zone and zap your caught as he is there waiting in front of you, almost had me me you B**tard ![/p][/quote]Also, I believe that these Camera Vans have been spotted doing a bit of night work recently. Obviously, seriously short of funds somewhere. My friend was sent on a speed awareness course for doing 33 in a 30. This course is probably another cash cow dressed up to look like it's legitimate. Whilst I agree to using cameras in 'accident black spots' they are massively over used for raising cash. Cymru Am Beth

1:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

thousands caught? stop bloody speeding then!

this story is in the same boat as those complaining about fees for overstaying your time in carparks.

dont like the punishment? play by the rules!

why should the rule book be penciled over for motorists?
thousands caught? stop bloody speeding then! this story is in the same boat as those complaining about fees for overstaying your time in carparks. dont like the punishment? play by the rules! why should the rule book be penciled over for motorists? whatintheworld

2:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Mr Sia says...

As regards to the speed camera on the A4042, its a 50mph into a 30mph. there is no doubt that motorist can see the signs, BUT on several occasions i have seen a mobile camera placed on the verge just as you come up the slip road to enter the A4042. Surely there is no need for this!! Money grabbing comes to mind as there is the fixed camera just 40 yard beyond it. !!!!
As regards to the speed camera on the A4042, its a 50mph into a 30mph. there is no doubt that motorist can see the signs, BUT on several occasions i have seen a mobile camera placed on the verge just as you come up the slip road to enter the A4042. Surely there is no need for this!! Money grabbing comes to mind as there is the fixed camera just 40 yard beyond it. !!!! Mr Sia

8:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

TK355 says...

What happened when the Chief Constable of Gwent Police got caught doing 96mph on the M4 Motorway then? I'll tell you, absolutely nothing. Zip. Zilch. Speeding, off duty, in a car paid for and fuelled by Gwent council tax payers. And nothing happened to him, not even a speed awareness course.

One rule for one....
What happened when the Chief Constable of Gwent Police got caught doing 96mph on the M4 Motorway then? I'll tell you, absolutely nothing. Zip. Zilch. Speeding, off duty, in a car paid for and fuelled by Gwent council tax payers. And nothing happened to him, not even a speed awareness course. One rule for one.... TK355

11:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Floppy backed says...

Its a joke, these cameras are not in accident zones. Catching hardworking tax payers who are on the road all day for 6mph over the limit is a disgrace and those who comment I take it you dont drive all day.

I know of plenty of people who spend the weekend drugged up and drunk, then driving on a Monday morning, plenty of people who should def not be driving due to ill health and prescription drugs. What about those people who drive around with bald tyres, no brake pads, iced up windows & badly maintained cars some of which who have invalidated their insurance due to pure stupidity.

The boy racers who slow down for the camera then whizz about like idiots the rest of the time - these are the real criminals.

Is there any evidence that these cameras work?
Its a joke, these cameras are not in accident zones. Catching hardworking tax payers who are on the road all day for 6mph over the limit is a disgrace and those who comment I take it you dont drive all day. I know of plenty of people who spend the weekend drugged up and drunk, then driving on a Monday morning, plenty of people who should def not be driving due to ill health and prescription drugs. What about those people who drive around with bald tyres, no brake pads, iced up windows & badly maintained cars some of which who have invalidated their insurance due to pure stupidity. The boy racers who slow down for the camera then whizz about like idiots the rest of the time - these are the real criminals. Is there any evidence that these cameras work? Floppy backed

4:16pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bobbajob says...

Flash Flash, welcome to Newport ; a shameless use of a road safety measure for profit NOT deterrence. The public recognises the cynical location of this camera and the reputation of road safety bodies suffers as a result.
Flash Flash, welcome to Newport ; a shameless use of a road safety measure for profit NOT deterrence. The public recognises the cynical location of this camera and the reputation of road safety bodies suffers as a result. bobbajob

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