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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.

Although we operate within Police Scotland, funding for Safety Cameras Scotland comes from the Scottish Government, through the Scottish Safety Camera Programme. This grant enables us to deliver safety camera operations without cost to any other organisation. The purpose of safety cameras is to make our roads safer and deter speeding or red-light running - there is no link between the number of offenders paying fines and the funding of safety cameras. All fines resulting from offences detected by safety cameras are paid to the Scottish Court Service and returned to HM Treasury.

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.