The number of motorists facing a prosecution for speeding offences on the motorway has drastically increased.

Recently released figures show that over 52,000 speeding tickets were issued on 11 smart sections of motorway including parts of the M1, M25 and M6. This is approximately 50,000 more speeding tickets than the same stretches of motorway five years ago when they were not smart motorways.

Motorists are facing a speeding prosecution largely because of the increased use in variable speed limits on the gantry over motorways. The government insists that this is to improve the running of motorways rather than to raise revenue.

The number of speeding tickets on the M25 has drastically increased around junctions 23 and 24.

The most motorway speeding tickets issued last year were on the M1 between junctions 10–13 at Luton airport – Bedford.