Council chiefs have started the process of collecting fines from the 800 motorists who fell foul of a new traffic camera at a controversial South Tyneside road junction.
Drivers caught using the Edinburgh Road junction to exit the Scotch Estate in Jarrow will soon find themselves with a £60 fine to pay.
The offences happened after the exit was made bus only to improve safety following a multi-million pound road traffic scheme to improve the A194 at Lindisfarne Roundabout.
Council chiefs say the move will also create a smoother flow of traffic onto the A194.
However, it has not proved popular with residents, in particular those in Stirling Avenue, Elgin Street and Moffat Avenue.
They fear their streets have now been turned into a rat run as motorists use alternative roads to get out of the estate and onto Newcastle Road.
The paperwork has now been completed for those caught on camera up to August 17 who now face paying a £60 fine.
This could equate to council chiefs collecting in £48,000 in fines.
To date, 125 motorists have been sent Penalty Charge Notices. Of those, 32 have been paid and five are being challenged and are currently on hold.
Council chiefs say fines are still being processed for the remainder of the 800.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “We are still processing the fines. To date we have sent out 125 Penalty Charge Notices. Of those, 32 have been paid and five are being challenged and are currently on hold.
“We have administered all incidents up to 17 August. Those incidents which occurred after this date continue to be processed.”
Speaking at the time the Gazette revealed the staggering figures, the spokesman said: “Ideally, we would not have to issue any fines. However, exiting via Edinburgh Road is both illegal and unsafe and we would encourage motorists to observe the restrictions to avoid receiving a penalty.”