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Scotland to upgrade speed cameras

Transport Scotland has announced a £2.4 million (US£3.8 million) package to replace speed cameras across the country. The safety cameras will be upgraded to digital technology, which will offer a number of benefits, including: improved reliability, faster processing of offences and clearer images of offending vehicles. There are currently 168 fixed speed camera sites across Scotland, with 58 of them in place on the country’s trunk road network and the remainder on local authority roads spread across four safety camera partnership areas: Lothian & Borders (63); North East (29); Strathclyde (63) and Tayside (13).

The agency says that many of the existing cameras that are rotated between sites have been in use since the early 1990s and are reaching the end of their serviceable life. The availability of spare parts is diminishing and increased repair times are becoming an increasing problem. The new investment covers the cost of buying new cameras and upgrading or replacing the existing poles and housings, as well as the associated viewing equipment in each of the four back offices, where the information on offences will be administered.

A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said, “Road safety is a priority for this Government and we are making good progress towards meeting the ambitious 2020 targets set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework. Safety cameras have been shown to play an important part in helping to achieve these road casualty reductions and as such, this £2.4 million investment that will see all wet film safety cameras that detect speeding, upgraded to digital technology. This will increase their capacity and in doing so help contribute further towards keeping our roads safe.”

January 21, 2013

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