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Britain's most lucrative speed camera revealed: 30mph camera in Cardiff rakes in £800,000 in just six months - trapping an average of 71 drivers each day
By Jack Crone
Device, on city's Newport Road, only became fully operational at start of 2014
So far this year it has caught more than 13,000 speeding drivers
It catches three times as many people as UK's former busiest camera
Drivers call it 'outrageous cash cow' claiming road was 'perfectly safe'
LV insurance exposed device and claim Brits paid £22million in fines in 2013

By Jack Crone for MailOnline

Published: 18:17, 2 October 2014 | Updated: 01:20, 3 October 2014

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It has raked in a staggering £800,000 in fines in just six months and flashes an average of 71 motorists every single day - making this speed camera in Cardiff every driver's worst nightmare.

The device, located on Newport Road in the Welsh capital, has become the most lucrative speed camera in the UK and has already caught an astonishing 13,624 drivers this year.

The shady title was previously held by a camera at Junction 25 on the M60 in Greater Manchester which caught 26 speeding drivers per day.

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'Cash cow': The hugely unpopular speed camera, on Newport Road in Cardiff, has raked in a staggering £800,000 in fines in just six months
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Catching 71 motorists a day - the device in Wales almost trebles the total achieved by its predecessor.

The data comes from research conducted by LV insurance, who have also revealed that in 2013 speed cameras cost British motorists £22million in fines.
The new speed trap on a busy junction in Cardiff was at the centre of a storm yesterday - with drivers calling it 'nothing but a cash cow'.

Are they targeting sprinters? Bungling council workers put up 20mph speed limit sign on a FOOTPATH Father fined £100 for doing 39mph in a 30 zone in his Toyota Celica while following ambulance...

Motorists have been left angered by the speed camera after road chiefs hailed it a massive success.

Mother-of-three Karen Leyshon, who was caught going at 34mph through the speed trap, said: 'It's is ridiculous - I've been driving on that road every days for years without any problem whatsoever until this camera was put up.

'It is nothing but a cash cow. It's outrageous, the camera does nothing to improve safety of this road. It may be a busy stretch but it's perfectly safe.
Driving trap: The device, which catches an average of 71 motorists every day, has been met with outrage by drivers who claim that it does nothing to improve the safety of the road
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Driving trap: The device, which catches an average of 71 motorists every day, has been met with outrage by drivers who claim that it does nothing to improve the safety of the road

'I didn't notice the camera going up, I got caught doing 34mph and I had to pay £85 for a speed awareness course.
'It was a complete waste of my time and money - I'm sure that most of the other 13,000 people would tell you exactly the same thing.'

The camera has been in place since 2012 but it has only just became 'fully commissioned' catching thousands of motorists in the first six months of this year.
According to the latest statistics, the cameras generated 13,624 penalty notices for speeding and 146 for red-light offences.
And in February there were more than 100 tickets issued, on average, each day.
UK's worst: The camera has taken the title of 'Britain's most lucrative speed camera' after its activity was monitored for six months - the previous holder was located on junction 25 of the M60 in Greater Manchester
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UK's worst: The camera has taken the title of 'Britain's most lucrative speed camera' after its activity was monitored for six months - the previous holder was located on junction 25 of the M60 in Greater Manchester

In the first half of the year 5,906 people completed speed awareness courses after being caught speeding at the junction. A further 3,064 people paid speeding fines in the same six months.

Figures show that with a minimum fine of £100 and a typical cost of £85 per place on speed awareness courses, the camera could have netted an astonishing £808,410.

BRITAIN'S WORST SPEED CAMERAS
Research by LV insurance has revealed that a speed camera installed on Newport Road in Cardiff has detected 13, 624 speeding drivers this year and raked in a staggering £800,000 in fines in six months.

Here are three other prolific UK speed cameras:
Junction 25, M60, Greater Manchester: The camera detected 9,326 speeding offences in 2013.
A13 Thames Gateway (westbound) to Scratton Terrace in London: The speed camera caught 8,002 speeding drivers over 2013.
M54 between junction one and three in Staffordshire: The device caught 7,403 drivers in 2013.


The GoSafe partnership, which operates Wales' road safety cameras, say the area has a high flow of traffic and motorists should always comply with the speed limit.

But road safety groups have said the camera is not doing it's job properly and should be there to reduce speeds rather than bring in money.

Tim Shallcross, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: 'The whole purpose of speed cameras is to slow people down, because it's felt that excessive speed in that area causes casualties.
'If a camera is issuing a small number of fines, or none at all, it's doing its job. If it's ticketing that many people, it's not having that effect.
'The local authority, which is responsible for road safety, should be looking at those figures and saying, 'We seem to have an issue here - the camera is catching a lot of people.
'Let's make sure that it looks like a 30mph highway, and that the cameras are clearly visible and the signs aren't obscured by vegetation'.'

A spokesman for Cardiff council said: 'The issues of speeding and running red lights are police enforcement issues which has nothing to do with the council.'
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This is a great shame. Speed cameras have never saved a life, there is no evidence to prove that they are anything but a major distraction on the roads and no contribution towards road safety whatsoever. They all must be removed NOW.

Wow the video beggars belief! That is really outrageous!
The police lady refused to leave the chaps house and then starts to question his 'mental health' yet has not yet confirmed that she is even talking the correct person! That has to be a form of Police intimidation surely ? Doesn't sound like the Welsh Police have understood much since their previous Northern buddies behaviour! Oh dear how very sad. We need proper well trained officers. :(

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