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Police forces cancelled nearly 250,000 fines last year

Nearly one-in-ten speeding fines were cancelled last year, with police errors, camera problems and admin delays being blamed for the number of penalties being dropped.

Analysis has shown that nearly 250,000 fines were cancelled in the 2016-17 period, and while just over 10 per cent of penalties were ripped up across the UK, in some forces this was as high as 28 per cent.

Home Office statistics showed Greater Manchester Police was the worst force for having to withdraw fines. It had to cancel 33,893 speeding offences last year, which was over a quarter of the total fines it issued.

According to finance experts This is Money, drivers disputing their penalties frequently had their fines dropped, with administration hold-ups when fines were issued more than 14 days after the offence happened, contributing to the number of cancellations. General police errors and technical issues with camera equipment have also been found to be at blame.

Analysis by Adam Snow, a lecturer in criminology at Liverpool Hope University, found that over one-in-ten of the 2.2 million speeding fines given out in the 2016-17 period had to be dropped. This equates to 241,165 fines being binned in just a year.

Lawyer Nick Freeman, who frequently represents celebrities in motoring cases, told This is Money: “The statistics show that far too many mistakes are being made before the prosecution process has even begun.”

This news on speeding fines comes less than a fortnight after chief constable Anthony Bangham made controversial remarks that drivers should be fined for doing just 1mph over the speed limit. The constable has since had to backtrack his comments after receiving a backlash from angry motorists.

Freeman added: “Before even considering ludicrous proposals for a zero tolerance approach to speeding, forces need to get their houses in order.”

Ted Welford

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February 6, 2018

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