Revealed: Britain’s most prolific speed cameras

Speed cameras are often slammed for milking motorists and plumping out the public purse, and these accusations have been backed-up after a list emerged identifying the most prolific speed cameras.

Motorists in and around Avon and Somerset should be extra cautious with the top eight most snap-happy speed cameras being located in this area.

Leading the charge with 22,350 offences in the past three years is the camera on the M32 on the Severn Beach rail line overbridge to the end of the M32 southbound.

Not too far behind it is the camera on the M4 at junction 19-20 westbound, with 21,009 offences. In fact, the M4 appears another two times in the top ten – with junction 20-19 eastbound (no.3) and junction 20-19 eastbound (no.8).

Drivers in the area should be similarly cautious of the M5, which also has three cameras in the top ten: junction 16-17 southbound (no.4), junction 17-16 northbound (no.5) and junction 17-16 northbound (no.7).

Fastest speeds

The data, published by GoCompare, ranges between January 1st 2016 and May 31st 2018, and also reveals the fastest speeds recorded.

Gloucestershire saw the most extreme speed, with 167mph recorded on a 70mph motorway in 2017 – 139 per cent over the limit.

In terms of the largest percentage increase, Hertfordshire recorded 137mph in a 40mph zone – 243 per cent over the limit.

Reacting to the findings, Avon and Somerset Police’s head of road safety Andy Williams said: “We don’t want to catch people speeding – we want people to obey the speed limits. Speeding can have fatal consequences. It endangers the lives of other road users.

“I hope this statistic acts as a warning to others that all speed limits are being proactively enforced and makes them slow down.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “The concerning thing is that only 16 of the UK’s 45 police forces provided data for the research. This means there could potentially be even more prolific speed cameras in the UK.”

Britain’s most prolific speed cameras in the last three years:

  1. M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound – 22,350 offences (2018) – AVON & SOMERSET
  2. M4, J19-20 westbound – 21,009 offences (2016) – AVON & SOMERSET
  3. M4, J20-19 eastbound – 19,137 offences (2016) – AVON & SOMERSET
  4. M5, J16-17 southbound – 19,088 offences (2017) – AVON & SOMERSET
  5. M5, J17-16 northbound – 17,082 offences (2016) – AVON & SOMERSET
  6. M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound – 12,980 offences (2017) – AVON & SOMERSET
  7. M5, J17-16 northbound – 12,176 offences (2017) – AVON & SOMERSET
  8. M4, J20-19 eastbound – 10,833 offences (2017) – AVON & SOMERSET
  9. M1 motorway – 10,339 offences (2016) – BEDFORDSHIRE
  10. A1081 Airport Way, south-westbound – 10,024 offences (2017) – BEDFORDSHIRE

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Polystyrene firm loving life with Fuel Card Services

Fuel cards can unlock benefits for companies of any size, and that has just been proven after a polystyrene products supplier became the latest company to sing the praises of Fuel Card Services.

Caerphilly-based GM Polystyrene specialises in packaging and dummy cakes made out of polystyrene, but there’s nothing fake about the savings and convenience the company has enjoyed since taking out a Texaco fuel card with £1,000 credit.

One of the biggest plus-points noted by GM Polystyrene managing director Graham Middleton is where his vehicles can fill up.

“The locations are easy to get to and my drivers think the fuel cards are easy to use,” he tells us.

Another big advantage noted by Mr Middleton is the high standard of customer service provided by Fuel Card Services.

“You have a good salesperson in [account manager] Helen Simpson,” he added.

As one of Britain’s largest independent agents of fuel cards, Fuel Card Services works to help minimise fuel costs for 55,000 organisations who pump around 2,000,000 litres of petrol and diesel every day.

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Majority of employers believe they are helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance

Close to three-quarters of employers including Fuel card Services believe they have been successful in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

That’s according to a study carried out by Employee Benefits with Health Shield healthcare in August.

The research, which reflected the views of 162 respondents, found that providing a duty of care ranked highly in terms of success (61 per cent). Being seen as a caring employer followed as a close second (60 per cent) after dropping 14 per cent from 2017’s score.

One curious finding was that ‘getting employees back to work as soon as possible’ was not as successful as in the previous year, with the number of respondents claiming to have achieved this dropping from 53 per cent to 43 per cent.

Four in five respondents believe they have a duty of care to help employees hit a healthy work-life balance.

At 80 per cent, this marks a drop of four percentage points on last year, but it remains the number one obligation cited by employers for the past 13 years.

Helping employees reduce stress was another high-ranking obligation (75 per cent), followed by visiting healthcare professionals in a timely manner (67 per cent) and taking the full holiday entitlement (66 per cent).

Mental health focus

Elsewhere in the report, other key findings centred around mental health, with more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of companies providing support and counselling services to employees.

With almost half of respondents revealing that mental health issues are a major cause of sickness absence across their organisation, it’s understandable why employers would want to address this increasingly prolific issue.

As such, close to two-thirds (63 per cent) have strategies in place to support the mental wellbeing of their staff, while 57 per cent believe that helping employees build mental health resilience is a key duty of care.

All this effort seems to be paying off too, with 70 per cent believing their healthcare benefits have been successful in improving staff health and wellbeing.

Read the full Employee Benefits study here.

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UK car insurers failing to realise telematics benefits, research suggests

UK car insurers are behind their European counterparts when it comes to appreciating the benefits of telematics, according to new research.

A study, conducted by YouGov for The Floow, quizzed 280 board directors and department heads from insurance companies based in the UK, USA and from mainland Europe – France, Italy and Sweden.

It found that more than nine in ten (95 per cent) insurance chiefs could see clear benefits of using telematics and the data science that powers it.

However, it went on to suggest that UK insurers aren’t quite up to speed with those on the continent in fully appreciating the impact that telematics can have beyond risk modelling and potentially reducing car insurance premiums.

The survey – reported by Fleet News – asked insurers how they thought telematics could help the motor insurance industry in the years ahead, and in the UK, decision makers seemed to have a clear, if narrow, sense on how telematics could help.

UK vs Europe

Compared to European decision makers, UK respondents were more likely to focus on improving risk modelling for high-risk drivers (UK: 44 per cent, Europe: 38 per cent) and reducing insurance premiums for drivers (40 to 34 per cent).

The research continued by adding that decision makers in mainland Europe were far more likely to identify a broader range of benefits that telematics could bring to the industry.

This included providing the data science that makes car/ride sharing a scalable reality (43 per cent to 20 per cent in the UK), improving the insurance industry's understanding of mobility (38 per cent to the UK’s 20 per cent) and managing traffic congestion (34 per cent to 18 per cent).

Consequently, this meant that European insurance decision makers were more likely than their UK counterparts to see the difference that the adoption of telematics could make on improving road safety in general (47 per cent compared to 20 per cent).

‘Europe leaving no stone unturned’

David James, chief operating officer at The Floow, said the findings revealed differences in how insurers around the world quantify the value of telematics.

“Whilst those in mainland Europe are leaving no stone unturned, it appears that decision makers in the UK insurance industry are yet to look beyond the impact on insurance premiums,” he commented.

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, added: “Telematics improve road safety, lower insurance premiums and, when used properly by insurers, help retain customers and build brand loyalty.”

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ULEZ 2019 – will your vehicles be compliant?

The Mayor of London has confirmed the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from 8 April 2019. The ULEZ will apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Any vehicle that does not meet emission standards will be liable to pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. This will replace the current T-charge.

The ULEZ will operate within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) and will be in addition to the Congestion Charge and current Low Emission Zone requirements.

Vehicles affected include commercial vehicles, passenger cars and motorcycles – click here for a full breakdown of vehicle types.

The ULEZ standards are:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles
  • Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles

You can check your vehicle requirements, charges and exemption on the Transport for London (TfL) ‘Check your vehicle‘ tool. This tool helps you to work out whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards. Any vehicle that meets the ULEZ standards will be able to travel in the zone without paying the ULEZ charge.

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