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About Us

There are three Safety Camera Units operating across Scotland (North, East and West), all of which operate within the rules and guidelines of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme.

Our Units share the same purpose and vision for their respective areas.

  • To change driver behaviour with regard to speed and red light violations.
  • To reduce the number and severity of injuries to road users in Scotland.
  • To increase driver awareness of the adverse effects resulting from speeding and red light violation.
  • To achieve greater levels of driver compliance of speed limits and traffic signals.

Overall the main aim of Safety Cameras Scotland is to contribute to Scotland’s road safety vision and road safety targets as set out in the Road Safety Framework to 2020 shown below.

2020 Target 

  • Number of people killed reduced by 40%
  • Number of people seriously injured reduced by 55%
  • Number of children (aged <16) killed reduced by 50%
  • Number of children (aged <16) seriously injured reduced by 65%

The targets above are compared to the average Scottish figures for 2004/08.

The Scottish Safety Camera Programme follows the rules and guidance set out in the Programme Handbook. These rules ensure that cameras are targeted at the areas most in need in terms of road casualty reduction, and deployed primarily where they will have the greatest casualty and collision reduction potential. When selecting sites to enforce, we follow a site selection process where strict criteria are applied. These include evidence of collisions and speeding, with education and engineering solutions to also be considered prior to proposing camera enforcement at any site. Roads Authorities and Police Scotland must also agree that safety camera enforcement is practical at the location and is likely to be effective in reducing casualties. We must also meet operational requirements in terms of conspicuity, visibility and signage at our camera sites.

We operate within Police Scotland however funding for each of the Safety Camera Units comes from the Scottish Government, through the Scottish Safety Camera Programme. Safety cameras are not funded by fine revenue, the purpose of safety cameras is to make our roads safer by deterring speeding or red-light running and this grant enables us to deliver safety camera operations without cost to any other partner organisation. Income from Scottish safety cameras goes via the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service direct to the Scottish Government. Please see Q & A for further details.

Safety Cameras Scotland shares its road safety ambition with many other bodies throughout Scotland and the UK as a whole. Some of these are public bodies and others are charities or representative organisations. Each of the Safety Camera Units also works closely with Transport Scotland, their Local Authorities and Police Scotland to work towards shared road safety objectives.


Site Selection

It is a regular occurrence for the Safety Camera Units to receive requests for cameras to be installed on a precautionary basis, or to be asked why we have a camera at a particular location. As a result, we wanted to clearly explain and show the process of how the majority of new locations for speed and red-light cameras are selected in Scotland.

The flowchart illustrates our site selection process since the Scottish Safety Camera Programme Review. This process follows the rules and guidelines that are set out in the Programme Handbook. The cameras that are deployed through the Programme are done so primarily where they have the greatest potential to reduce injury collisions, and where there is evidence of both collisions and speeding. You will note from this process that no consideration is given to revenue generation – this is because safety cameras are there to make our roads safer – the Safety Camera Units, Police Scotland and the Scottish Safety Camera Programme do not receive any revenue from speeding or red-light fines.

Please note that the site selection process that is outlined does not apply to temporary enforcement such as roadworks.


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