Labour council fears it’ll lose £2million as drivers ‘wise up’ to traffic cameras

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Croydon Council had expected to make £11.6 million from fines handed out to drivers for entering restricted zones in the next three years. However, the authority, in the power of the Labour Party since 2014, believes drivers will start avoiding streets with traffic cameras sooner than expected.

Cameras have been installed across Croydon, south London, on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and streets near schools.

The council expected to raise £5 million from these traffic cameras this year but, due to there being fewer cars on the road during the pandemic, there is currently a £2 million projected shortfall.

Concerns were highlighted at a scrutiny meeting in the borough last month, My London reports.

Speaking at the meeting, Labour Councillor Robert Canning asked: “Is there a risk that the revenue we are predicting for the next three years won’t be obtained because motorists wise up to the restriction and start complying?”

Steve Iles, director of public realm in Croydon, said: “In the short term is a risk, this is factored into the model, it is expected that people will not comply straight away despite all the associated signs, you’ll then find over a period of weeks and months compliance will kick in.

“I can say with school streets that were introduced last year, we did see compliance kick in and generally we were issuing 200-300 PCNs per month.

“As you get to half term you do see an increase in PCNs when term starts, that is due to drivers forgetting that the scheme is in place.

“We have factored compliance on all of the schemes that we have, some we have overestimated the compliance but others we have underestimated.”

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The amount that Croydon Council expected to make from ANPR cameras reduces over the next three years.

Next year, it expects to make £3.1 million with £3.4 million budgeted for 2023-24.

Mr Iles said that any surplus cash goes into funding the Freedom Pass in the borough.

It emerged last month how thousands of drivers around the UK have been wrongly handed a £100 fine after the police admitted Britain’s busiest speed camera is faulty.

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