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Southwark Council secured an extra £2.5million in revenue from fines issued by LTN cameras installed in Dulwich and Walworth just three months since they were launched. The four cameras have led to a massive amount of fixed penalties being issued to road users unaware of the new rules.
A Freedom of Information Act Request revealed a total of 22,424 fines were handed out to drivers in Dulwich Village between January 11 and February 28.
This would have earned over £1.5million with each driver forced to pay a £65 fine for breaking the new rule.
Meanwhile in Walworth a total of 29,530 penalty charge notices were captured from just the one camera.
This has generated over £1million worth of funds within just two months from the scheme being launched.
The new data also shows just 17 percent of Walworth fines have been successfully appealed.
However, Southwark Council has repeatedly claimed LTN schemes were introduced to “keep residents safe”.
It said many of its camera enforced LTN schemes were introduced in response to conversations with emergency services.
The schemes were also launched after listening to what local residents wanted to see on their roads.
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However, Southwark Council has been forced to make some changes to its LTN schemes following their trial.
Blue Badge holders who live within the Dulwich Village or Walworth Low Traffic Scheme areas will now be eligible for exemption.
According to Southwark Council, this is because blue Badge holders may be “disproportionately impacted” by the new rules.
The council said: “LTNs are designed to make residential streets safer, encourage people to walk and cycle more and reduce air pollution.
“However, in the course of our work listening to the people who live in the Dulwich Village and Walworth LTN trials, we have learned that Blue Badge holders may be disproportionately impacted by the schemes.
“Blue Badge holders often have reduced mobility, which can make walking and cycling much more difficult.
“In the interest of equality and in response to our residents, we are therefore inviting Blue Badge holders to register for an exemption.
“The exemption is to allow blue badge holders living in the LTN to travel with ease in their local area.
“Access to every property within the LTN remains available at all times for all road users.”
Just weeks ago, motoring lawyer Nick Freeman told Express.co.uk the new schemes would be used by councils to issue “more fines”.
He said: “Obviously there’s a huge incentive, first of all, to put these things in place and start hammering the motorist with more fines.
“The motorist will inevitably in error break the law and they will be enforced by the council.
“In my view, it’s another way to use the motorist as a cash cow in part.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Southwark Council for further comment.
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