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Traffic Fines - Highway Robbery?

With councils fining drivers in ever-greater numbers after capturing them on CCTV, Panorama tries to find new ways to cut down on the mountain of traffic tickets issued each year.

When a CCTV camera snaps your car and you get a ticket in the post, how annoyed do you get? More motorists face this frustration as councils are now fining drivers in ever-greater numbers after capturing them on CCTV. They claim they do it to keep the traffic flowing smoother. But private emails obtained by Panorama reveal a different story, with officials congratulating each other on the number of tickets issued: 'Another record month, guys. Well done,' says one. The programme visits the box junction where the council fines so many drivers - 29,000 last year alone - that it's known as the 'Money Box', and tries to find new ways to cut down the mountain of traffic tickets now issued every year.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Jun 2013 19:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Reporter Adam Shaw
Producer Roger Corke
Editor Tom Giles

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