Not a single road safety initiative funded by income from speeding fines

No road safety initiatives have been funded by money generated from speeding fines since 2012. Picture by Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker

AN MLA has hit out after it emerged that not one single road safety initiative has been funded from almost £4.5 million raised through speeding fines since 2012.

Justice Minister Claire Sugden said that income raised from speeding cameras was not collected by her department, but confirmed that the money had not been used for road safety initiatives.

She said: "There have been no road safety initiatives funded from these monies since 2012 when new mobile cameras and road safety camera vans were purchased.

"Income from speeding fines is collected by the NI Courts Service. They retain income to cover their costs and account for this in their Fine Trust Statements.

"The NI Court Service transfers the remaining balance to PSNI, who account for this income and associated expenditure in their Annual Report and Accounts."

The response followed an Assembly question from Ulster Unionist North Antrim MLA Robin Swann, who also chairs the Public Accounts Committee at Stormont.

Mr Swann said it was "absolutely disgraceful" no money raised through fines has been re-invested in road safety initiatives.

"Surely there is an overwhelming moral obligation on the Executive to use at least some of the funds received from speeding fines to encourage road safety and ultimately reduce deaths on our roads."

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