Successful start for A9 average speed camera scheme

January 28 2015  

Successful start for A9 average speed camera scheme

Significant reduction in vehicles exceeding speed limits along the A9 corridor between Dunblane and Inverness has been observed following installation of average speed enforcement cameras.

Data released by the A9 Safety Group shows that the number of vehicles travelling at more than 10MPH above the speed limit has dropped by over 96% from an average of one in 10 since the cameras were deployed in October. Just one in 250 vehicles currently speeds excessively along the route.

Transport Scotland’s Stewart Leggett, who chairs the A9 Safety Group said: “It is very encouraging to see the improved driver behaviour following the introduction of the average speed cameras.

“Drivers are clearly paying heed and moderating their speed, and we welcome this positive contribution to road safety on the A9.”

Since the installation average journey times have increased by between four and 14 minutes from Perth to Inverness, but journey time reliability has improved with a reduction on the number of incidents on the route.

The SPECS cameras, supplied by Vysionics ITS, are set to remain in place until the route is dualled, which is targeted for completion in 2025.

Vysionics ITS director Geoff Collins said: “I’m very satisfied to see the benefits we anticipated are indeed being delivered along the length of the A9. A well designed average speed enforcement scheme will reliably change driver behaviour for the good – bringing down casualties and improving traffic flows whilst also being perceived as ‘fairer’ by road users.”

Photo: Vysionics

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