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.