Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Millions of Pounds in Fines Are Diverted from Traffic-Safety Work Here

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Millions of Pounds in Fines Are Diverted from Traffic-Safety Work Here

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Millions of pounds of fines from speeding offences go to the Treasury rather than to fund driving-safety measures in the regions where the money is raised.

There has been growing demand for the Government to justify the way the money raised in penalties is spent.

In 2002-3, 24 safety-camera partnerships which had signed up to the Government scheme nationally ( not including the Northumbria Police area at the time ( received pounds 54.2m while pounds 14.6m went to the Treasury.

The partnerships are under tight controls as to exactly what they can spend the money on and AA North-East spokeswoman Denise Raven called for more openness to reassure drivers where the money was going.

She said: "pounds 14.6m is a lot of money for the Treasury to take ( it would be helpful to see exactly how much money is coming back locally and what that is spent on.

"Is it just going on speed cameras or can they work with driver education and other road safety schemes?"

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: "When somebody gets a fine that goes to the court and then eventually comes through to us. We get enough money to reimburse the partnerships for the money they have spent. …

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