Average speed cameras will go live on the A90 on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Driven by safety

Connecting the Central Belt and the North East of Scotland, the A90 is a crucial part of the strategic trunk road network. Around 23,000 vehicles use the A90 every day, carrying a mix of commuter, freight and agricultural traffic and serving the cities, towns, and villages along its route.

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Current performance

Unfortunately, the A90 consistently features as one of the trunk roads in Scotland with the highest collision statistics.

In the past five years there have been 60 fatal and serious collisions on the route between Dundee and Stonehaven. Safety camera enforcement currently takes place on this section of the route through fixed and mobile camera deployments, however it is clear that more can be done to improve driver behaviour.

Driver behaviour today

Latest analysis of driver behaviour on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven reveals:

  • 3 fatal and 6 serious collisions in 2015
  • 13,000 speeding offences detected by the fixed and mobile cameras in 2015 (more than 20% of camera detected offences nationwide)
  • An increase of over 36% in speeding offences in the last three years
  • More than three in every five vehicles speeding (above 70mph)
  • More than one in every five vehicles exceeding the speed limit by 10mph or more

Average speed cameras

Average speed cameras are to be deployed on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, replacing the existing fixed and mobile enforcement strategy.

We know the significant outcomes that average speed cameras can deliver from our experience on the A9 and A77, and can expect the system between Dundee and Stonehaven to realise a range of improvements, including:

  • Fewer people being killed or seriously injured. Average speed cameras are about road safety, and these systems have been a proven success on the A77 and A9;
  • Reduced incident frequency and impact, and improved journey time reliability; and
  • Improved driver behaviour and reduced offender numbers. Average speed cameras are proven to significantly reduce offender numbers.

Reductions in people killed or seriously injured
(latest figures)

A9

A77

A77

Myth buster and FAQs

It’s all a big money making scheme

We don’t want your money: Average speed cameras on the A90 will result in better speed limit compliance, fewer camera detections and ultimately fewer fines for road users. Since 2007, any fines generated by safety cameras, regardless of type, have been returned to HM Treasury.

Average speed cameras disrupt journey times

The speed limits are not being changed. Journey times will become more reliable as the cameras reduce the number of incidents that require closures.

Average speed cameras make driving more difficult

Average speed cameras enforce the existing speed limits. Driving under an average speed camera system places no additional requirements on road users outside of those set out in the Highway Code.

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Evidence across Scotland

Sustained improvements in driver behaviour have been delivered since the installation of average speed cameras on the A77 and the A9. The latest figures show:

43% reduction

in fatal and serious casualties

A9 (Dunblane – Inverness)

68% reduction

in fatal and serious casualties

A77 (Symington – Girvan)


Road safety framework

The Road Safety Framework 2020 aims for:

‘A steady reduction in the numbers of those killed and those seriously injured, with the ultimate vision of a future where no-one is killed on Scotland’s roads, and the injury rate is much reduced’

View the full framework here.

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