West Yorkshire: Home Of The Speeding Ticket

Sat 5th Mar 2022

The bustling metropolitan cities of Leeds and Bradford, the cultural landmarks of the Bronte Sisters and number one place in the UK to get a speeding ticket - West Yorkshire has it all.

New analysis from 23 police forces across the country has revealed that drivers in West Yorkshire piled up an incredible 224,160 speeding tickets last year, 50,000 more than any other region in the UK.

The research, which was put together thanks to a Freedom of Information request from perimeter security manufacturers Heald, who found that so far in 2022 there have been 59,980 car accidents, with 4,391 due to motorists breaking the speed limit.

The minimum penalty for speeding in the UK is a £100 fine and a three point penalty, although speed awareness courses can mitigate the punishment in some circumstances. The same report reveals that there was an 89 per cent increase in internet searches for speed awareness courses between January 2021 and January 2022.

Avon and Somerset (173,428 tickets) was second on the list of regional speeding hotspots, with Thames Valley (151,501) coming third.

Speaking about the issue, Debbie Heald, managing director at Healds said: “With more cars returning to the road after the pandemic, and major traffic routes rising above pre-pandemic levels, it’s almost inevitable that a large proportion of these drivers on the road will be acting carelessly.

"With the staggering number of road accidents recorded in the first two months of 2022, councils must be allocated a budget to install the appropriate measures.

“There has been huge groundwork put in across the manufacturing and security industry to develop products which can help improve the safety of the public, and the government, councils and other authorities must consider making use of these.”

In West Yorkshire, only a small percentage (3,600) of the tickets were actually handed out by police officers, with the bulk of drivers being caught by the region’s 400 fixed speeding cameras.

Number of speeding tickets issued across the UK:

West Yorkshire - 224,160

Avon and Somerset - 173,428

Thames Valley - 151,501

West Midlands - 95,093

Surrey - 87,270

Bedfordshire - 69,818

South Yorkshire - 67,255

Hampshire - 62,514

Lincolnshire - 59,525

Hertfordshire - 53,627