This Camera Makes More in a Week Than You Do in a Year

By Holly Brockwell on at

An investigation by BBC England has shown that cameras in bus lanes are raking in insane amounts of money for local councils, netting a grand total of £31,000,000 in 2015-16.

The highest-earning camera, on John Dobson Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, makes £5,960 a day - that's £41,720 a week (bus lane cameras don't take weekends off, y'know). The average UK employee earned £539 a week in 2016, meaning the camera makes more than ten times the average weekly income in a single day. No wonder there are so many of them.

While an RAC spokesman described the cameras as a "cash bonanza" for councils, a spokesperson for the council said bus lane cameras "are not there to generate income - they are there to help us to manage our road networks efficiently."

We, too, could manage a lot more efficiently on £31 million a year. [BBC]

Image: John Dobson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne via Google Street View.