A traffic camera in Sagunto has finally been dethroned by another radar in Andalusia, but it still accounted for 2% of all fines in Spain in 2020
Following a period of reduced traffic activity caused by CoronaVirus crises, DGT radars are working hard to resume normal operations. It is clear that 2020 was not the best year for the traffic department, and the decrease in the number of traffic fines closely follows the decrease in economic activity. In 2020 DTG issued 2,460,056 million traffic fines, approximately 20% less than in 2019.
La Comunidad Valenciana is again in second place amongst the provinces with 12,9% of all the fines. But, what is especially good news is that the famous Sagunto traffic camera, positioned at kilometer 478.1 of the AP-7, around the service area of Sagunto is not the most notorious camera in all of Spain, any more. From 59,428 fines produced in 2019, Sagunto camera went down to 47,711 fines in 2020, and it was overtaken for the first time in many years by another spanish radar – this time in Andalucia, at km. 246 of the A-7, in Malaga, with a record of 48,771 fines.
La Comunidad Valenciana is once again second among the provinces, accounting for 12.9% of all fines. What’s more, the famous Sagunto traffic camera, located at kilometre 478.1 of the AP-7, around the Sagunto service area, is no longer the most notorious camera in all of Spain. Sagunto champion clicked only 47,711 times last year (down from 59.428 times in 2019), and was overtaken for the first time by another radar, at km. 246 of the A-7, in Malaga, with a record of 48,771 fines.
If it’s any consolation, Sagunto Camera still retains nearly 2% of all fines issued in the country, the same as in 2019. In fact, according to data from the Association of European Motorists (AEA), only 50 speeding cameras in Spain are responsible for more than half of all fines. In a normal situation, the traffic authorities would try different methods to solve the problem because it is obvious that fines aren’t working. However, DTG has done nothing, leading many critics to conclude that DGT does not want to change anything and prefers to maintain the current situation in which radars are merely collection instruments for the government.
The second busiest radar in La Comunidad Valenciana is located at kilometre 5 of the V-31 in Albal, and it recorded 30,107 violations the previous year. Another profitable location is on AP-7, kilometre 337, where 15,781 fines were issued last year.
Top performing radar in the province of Castellón was responsible for 18,960 fines last year and can be found at kilometre 960 on the N-340. The radar on the N-332 and A-70 roads between Alicante and Elche detected the majority of the infractions in Alicante.