Thousands of drivers unfairly fined by faulty speed camera – ‘seriously wrong’

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Campaigners say thousands of motorists may have been ordered to pay, despite doing nothing wrong. A 30mph speed limit camera in Maybray King Way, Southampton, caught a staggering 51,049 people driving over the limit between 2015 and 2017.

It was said to have netted more than £5million in revenue in that two-year period.

The minimum fine for the Gatso camera begins at £100 and it’s thought millions of pounds have been paid out by drivers.

It triggered an astonishing 70 times a day over that period.

Hampshire police has now revealed it has been recording incorrect readings of vehicles with a ‘high flat rear’ – meaning motors where the licence plate is placed higher.

Campervans and lorries could be among the vehicles affected.

A driver’s organisation has called on authorities to refund every driver who was fined as a result of being recorded by the camera.

Two drivers have already been able to prove they were incorrectly penalised. 

One, NHS IT engineer Nathan Thompson, said he could have lost his job over the matter.

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He was flashed as he drove his motorhome well under the limit at 25mph in August and was able to clear his name using dashcam footage.

After receiving a letter which said he could be prosecuted for travelling at twice his actual speed – in excess of 50mph – Nathan, 37, appealed the ticket.

He said: “If I was in a hire car or a work car and from outside the area and I didn’t have proof of going 25mph I’d have had to pay it.

“I wonder how many other people have been in a similar situation with that camera, as it’s the most profitable in the country.

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