Havering driving fine hot spots revealed

Havering drivers have paid the council £12.1million in fines in the last six years, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

Havering Council has issued 211,432 Fixed Penalty Notice fines to drivers since it took control of traffic enforcement cameras in 2016.

In the most recent year alone the borough’s 32 traffic cameras, which monitor bus lanes, one-way traffic and right or left turns, made £2.6million.

The borough’s most profitable camera in terms of fines issued nabs drivers who turn right out of B&Q Romford onto Tangent Link, Harold Hill.

The council issued 13,202 fines to drivers there in 2020-2021, adding £853,729 to the public purse. Since 2017 it has made just over £3million.

Visitors to Queen’s Hospital who passed through the ‘buses and emergency vehicles only’ gate on Oldchurch Rise forked out £491,829 in the last year.

Since installation in August 2017 the hospital camera, which is controlled by the council, has made £2.6million.

The NHS trust has even made a page on their website to redirect queries from the public.

Since 2016 a ‘no right turn’ camera at Western Road, Romford has netted £851,197.

At £274,337, last year was the camera’s most lucrative so far.

The bus lane and ‘no right turn’ on North Street, has made £690,166 since 2016, although drivers are learning their lesson as income dropped to £87,055 last year.

The 3,753 drivers who found themselves in the bus lane on Straight Road, Harold Hill, last year paid a total of £197,000. Since 2016 drivers have paid £839,744 for infractions there

Drivers who turned right onto North Street from Parkside Avenue paid £155,800 last year.

A bus gate in Saint Clements Avenue, Harold Wood, was installed in 2020 and has already made £125,946.

Before it was installed 700 consultation letters were sent out to locals, but only 11 people replied with seven against its installation.

As the council made about £750,000 by fining drivers when it first installed cameras in 2016, since then income from fines has been between £2.5million and £3.8million a year.

When contacted for comment, council leader Damian White defended the cameras, saying they “protect residents, pedestrians and other drivers” and only generate fines for “those who abuse the laws and rules of the road”.

He added: “All funds gained from these cameras are ring-fenced and reinvested back into our highways and transport services to improve roads and travel across the borough.”

Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter