Revenue generated from speeding tickets has almost quadrupled since 1997, according to a study by the Home Office. Nearly 1.8 million tickets were issued during 2006 (the period covered by the latest statistics) and as a result the income generated from the penalty charges ballooned to £106.4 million from £28.5 million in 1996.
The Conservatives’ shadow police reform minister David Ruffley said, “"Ministers need to tell us what they are doing with this £100 million a year taken from motorists. How much is actually put back into practical road safety that does not involve speed cameras? Ministers' failure to answer that question confirms the view that for this government the British motorist is 'a nice little earner'.”The rise in ticket revenue has been attributed to the proliferation of speed cameras, as well as the increase in fines from £40 to £60 in 2000.