Badly-behaved motorists generate £32,000 for Sunderland City Council

City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey

City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey

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Motorists behaving badly on the roads of Sunderland generated more than £30,000 for the city’s council, it has been revealed.

New figures from insurance comparison site confused.com show that through the use of traffic cameras, the authority has gathered in £32,039 since 2013 from penalty charges.

The reasons for the charges include driving in bus lanes, driving through no entry areas, stopping in yellow box junctions, going the wrong way in a one-way street and committing illegal U-turns.

Research, uncovered using a Freedom of Information request, found the use of a camera car by the council generated £10,675 in 2013, £14,889 in 2014 and £6,475 so far this year.

The revenue generated by the council is small change compared to the likes of Glasgow City Council, which has already generated more than £4million this year alone.

Since 2012, the number of councils using CCTV to monitor motoring offences has risen by 76%.

Head of motor insurance at confused.com Matt Lloyd said: “More and more councils are using CCTV cameras to catch drivers breaking traffic laws.

“CCTV has always been a bone of contention for many people, as people feel their privacy has been invaded. However, the main reason why councils are using these cameras is to stop motorists breaking the law.

“By making drivers abide by the rules of the road, our roads should become a more stress-free and safer place to drive on.”

Councillor Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “The city council has one camera car and its key role is helping keep highways safe and secure outside our schools and colleges, and bus stop clearways.

“This enforcement service, whether by camera or with officers, plays an important part in ensuring that traffic flows are maintained and our city has safer and smarter streets.”