UK-wide CCTV to beat rogue drivers

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The Independent Online

Cameras aimed at cracking down on drivers who block box junctions or ignore road signs could be introduced country-wide.

The Government is considering rolling out the CCTV system, currently in use in London. Every council in Britain could have the cameras in less than a year.

Drivers in London are fined up to £100 for stopping in a box junction or ignoring no-right-turn signs.

Nick Lester, of the Association of London Government, said enforcing traffic rules in box junctions had resulted in up to 20 per cent less congestion.

But motoring groups warned the move could be seen as another way to boost revenue. Paul Watters, from the AA Motoring Trust, said: "We do not want it to be a gravy train for local authorities. There are concerns about what the real motivation behind the cameras is."