Police across the UK have been forced to scrap one in 10 speeding fines issued in a 12-month period – and in some cases, forces have scrapped more than a quarter of the fines handed out to drivers.
According to analysis by Dr Adam Snow, a lecturer in criminology at Liverpool Hope University, more than one in ten of the 2.2million speeding offences recorded in England and Wales in 2016-17 were cancelled – equating to around 241,165 scrapped fines.
Officers in Greater Manchester had to withdraw 33,893, or 28 per cent, of offences – the largest of any police force in the country, according to Home Office statistics. And there are a number of reasons motorists are escaping fines…
Drivers disputing their penalty saw a significant number get off, while administration delays that meant fines issued more than 14-days after the incident in question had to be dropped. Cases were also cancelled due to simple police error regarding the time, nature and location of the offence, or thanks to tech