Most of us are aware that most of our cities have traffic cameras, which are setup to photograph us doing bad things and then to send us bills in the mail. I can’t say I’ve ever wondered how effective these camera systems are or how much they actually collect, but in case you’re curious, here is one example from the City of London.
The camera is setup in the busy Bank Junction, which from 7AM to 7PM on weekdays has been off limit to any vehicles other than buses and cyclists since 2017. If you disobey the restrictions, you’re hit with a £130 penalty, although if you pay within 14 days, the penalty drops to £65.
Between 2019 and 2021 (so during COVID, when traffic volumes were less), total penalties paid were £15.2 million. I don’t know how many people paid on-time or paid late, but based on these numbers, the number of delinquent incidents over the past three 3 years was anywhere from 116k (everybody paid late) to 233k (everybody paid on-time).
I also don’t know how many repeat offenders there where, which is why I said incidents and not drivers, but I’m guessing that there were more than a few repeat offenders. I wonder how many were taxi and Uber drivers.
New York City ran the numbers and a quarter of the tickets go to repeat offenders. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s similar elsewhere. A small number of dangerous drivers are responsible for a big share of the traffic violence in our cities and should be taken off our streets. Last week the New York State assembly balked at a bill that would have done just that. https://comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/a-tale-of-two-tickets-how-disparate-standards-of-traffic-enforcement-compromise-safety-on-city-streets/
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