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Camera Type

We use a variety of safety cameras to detect speeding vehicles and non-compliance with red-lights. All cameras are Home Office Type approved and calibrated on a regular basis, by a third party. Safety cameras have a camera information sign placed prior to the point where enforcement takes place and our camera housings and vehicles are clearly visible to road users.

Please note that although Safety Cameras Scotland fulfills the above to comply with national Programme guidance, non-compliance would not provide any mitigation of, or defence for, an alleged offence.

Fixed Speed

Fixed Speed Cameras operate using radar technology and record two rear facing images recorded at 0.5 seconds apart and at each site there are secondary check markings painted on the road at specified intervals. These markings are captured on the photographic evidence and used to provide verification that the vehicle speed detected by the radar is consistent with the distance travelled by the vehicle in between the two photographs. The secondary check markings are not used to determine the exact speed of a vehicle as that is the function performed only by the radar.

Mobile Cameras

Mobile cameras can be deployed in clearly marked vans or from the roadside by trained operators in high visibility clothing and utilise the latest laser detection and image recording technology to measure the speed of vehicles both approaching and travelling away from the enforcement location. Each mobile camera unit van is also fitted with a 360 degree imaging system and is able to track and record images of an offending vehicle as it approaches, passes alongside and then moves away from the camera van. This is particularly effective in the identification of motorcycles and any other vehicle where a number plate was obscured or missing.

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Average Speed Cameras

Average Speed Camera Systems use linked Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to monitor the average speed of traffic over a section of road, or network of roads. Cameras can be installed in front and rear-facing orientation and offending vehicles can be recorded between multiple locations and multiple lanes within the system.

They are used at permanent locations to control speeds on routes with a collision history and on a temporary basis at major roadworks to manage speeds through areas where narrow lanes and contraflows can affect safety.

Red Light and Speed Cameras

These operate at traffic lights and can detect vehicles when they pass through a red light. Many of these cameras also have a dual function where they can additionally be used to detect speeding vehicles. The footage captured by these cameras is again reviewed by trained staff who confirm any offences.