New Glasgow traffic cameras feature ‘invisible’ technology to catch speeding tickets and amber gamers


A new generation of automatic radars will be deployed to detect speeding in the central belt.

Glasgow is among the areas where the distinctive yellow cameras will be installed to catch traffic breakers after the Scottish government reaches a deal.

Orange players and red light racers will also be targeted by the new cameras, which work differently from current traffic cameras.

Instead of motion sensors on the road and dazzling camera flashes, the new devices use invisible infrared light combined with license plate recognition technology.

The cameras will detect motorists accelerating on normal roads, running red lights and committing “speed-on-green” offenses – catching so-called amber players who accelerate as they approach intersections in an attempt to beat passing lights. to red.

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The move comes from the road agency Transport Scotland is set to conduct a review of speed limits amid speculation that the national 70mph limit could be reduced and speeds in built-up areas could be subject to a general limit of 20 mph.

Ministers are said to be determined to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on Scottish roads by forcing drivers to take their foot off the accelerator pedal.

The Public Contracts Scotland website revealed that the £ 483,285 contract was awarded to Jenoptik for the supply and installation of an unknown number of its Vector SR cameras.

The company states on its website: “Vector SR uses tracking radar to monitor point speed or to identify any vehicle that crosses a white line at a traffic light.

“A powerful and proven in-station solution is also used to present data related to speed and red light violations to the back office, based on the proven platform of automatic vector license plate recognition cameras (ANPR ),

“Vector SR can discreetly collect rich data for all passing vehicles, both for civilian and security / police applications. “

The German company said its “spot” radars work similarly to SPECS radars by measuring the average speed of a vehicle between two or more locations using the ANPR.

The VECTOR can not only catch speeding motorists and jumpers at red lights, but they are also capable of being used for bus lane control, level crossing violations, tolls, congestion charges and parking management.

A Transport Scotland insider pointed out that the new Scottish cameras were not as sophisticated as the ‘Vulture’ cameras introduced in England two years ago.

These, also bright yellow, can be programmed to detect drivers not wearing seat belts, using a phone, eating, drinking or even smoking while driving.

A Scottish government spokesperson said the Scottish Safety Camera Program would add point cameras to the range of security cameras it uses to detect speeding and traffic light violations.

The spokesperson added, “All cameras are home office (Hota) approved. Each type of camera can only perform the function for which it has Hota approval, in this case the application of speed restrictions.

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