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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 Gatso Speed Cameras

Fixed Gatso Speed Cameras operate using radar technology and record two rear facing images recorded at 0.5 seconds apart. 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




Vector SR Spot Speed Cameras

Vector SR spot speed cameras use linked Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to gather information on vehicles at locations where speeds need to be managed over a short section of road. The cameras use tracking radar for spot speed enforcement and have multi lane coverage. An intelligent virtual grid is used for secondary speed verifications which means the traditional road markings are not required. The system uses infra-red technology which allows images to be captured without the need for camera flash.

Mobile Cameras

Mobile cameras are deployed in clearly marked vans operated by trained operators and use 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.

Mobile cameras can also be deployed from the roadside using the programme’s highly visible motorcycle. An operator, normally a trained Police Officer operates the camera which uses laser detection and image recording technology to measure the speed of vehicles both approaching and travelling away from the enforcement location.


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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.

These cameras 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. Loops under the road surface are triggered when vehicles pass the stop line after the red light has signalled, which prompts the camera to take two images of the vehicles. The footage captured is reviewed by trained staff who confirm any offences. Many of these cameras also have a dual function where they can additionally be used to detect speeding vehicles