A SINGLE traffic camera may have earned Harrow Council £1m in little over a year.
The authority issued 16,339 fines to drivers making an illegal right turn from Gayton Road into Station Road between June 1 2007 and June 30 2008 - an average of more than 41 a day.
Those who pay within two weeks are charged £60, meaning this spot could have generated £980,340 in fines, and possibly even more, as after the 14-day discount period the fine rockets to £120.
One motorist who didn't cough up was aggrieved driver Robert Woodgate.
The disabled 58-year-old was sent a penalty charge notice (PCN) in January for making a forbidden turn at the junction in December 2007.
Harrow Council dismissed his appeal, in which he claimed the road signs were confusing and conflicting and gave him the impression blue badge holders were entitled to make the turn without penalty.
Undeterred, he appealed to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service and won on default when the council chose not to contest the case on May 8.
The former insurance adjustor of Fernbank Avenue, Sudbury Hill, said: "Harrow Council's attitude seems to be greedy and grasping.
"I can see no good reason why there should be no right turn there in the first place. The signage seems to be ambigious and misleading.
"I got the distinct impression the council is of the mind that it doesn't matter if people do appeal, they will reject it anyway. I think the whole internal appeal process is unfair.
"Just how much more money do they want from drivers?"
The number of fines generated by the camera at the junction of Gayton Road and Station Road was more than treble that of any other junction, stretch of road or car park in the borough.
Six of the 10 highest-earning hot spots were in Harrow town centre.