Warning as new speed cameras on Scots motorway ‘clock over 100 offences a day’

Safety Cameras Scotland issued a statement calling out the number of offences as “unacceptable” one week after the average speed check went live[1].

The temporary cameras are enforcing a 40mph speed limit on the M8 between junctions 14 and 13.

Amey is carrying out “essential resurfacing” on behalf of Transport Scotland on the M8 eastbound, which includes the M80 off-slip road at junction 1.

Since the work began and cameras went live on April 2, a total of 745 offences have been logged, according to Safety Cameras Scotland – an average of more than 100 every day.

The minimum penalty for speeding is £100 and three penalty points on a driving licence.

Alan Bowater, west safety camera unit manager, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists that the average speed cameras on the M80/M8 are currently enforcing.

“Regrettably, 745 offences have been detected in the first week, with some motorists travelling at speeds of 70mph through the area, which is unacceptable.

“Most drivers are travelling responsibly, however there are some drivers ignoring the temporary 40mph speed limit and putting themselves and other road users at risk of injury.”

Safety Cameras Scotland said there is visible signage in place advising motorists that there are temporary speed restrictions and that average speed cameras are in enforcement.

In a release, the body said: “Driving at safe speeds is shown to reduce the risk of road death and injury and enable more people to make safe and healthy journeys. Not only does it give drivers enough time to spot and react to hazards on the road, but if an impact was to occur it would be less likely to cause serious injury or a fatality.

“Those most at risk in the event of a collision at these locations are the road workers as they have no protective shield to absorb energy from the impact.”


  1. ^ the average speed check went live (www.thenational.scot)