Edinburgh drivers punished by average speed cameras

Average speed cameras. Picture; Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Average speed cameras. Picture; Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Drivers travelling between the Capital and Glasgow have been slapped with fines worth thousands of pounds after average speed cameras were installed at Scotland’s busiest motorways.

The cameras, known as “yellow vultures”, were introduced alongside major roadworks on the M8 and also the M73 and M74.

New figures show a total of 4309 fixed penalties were issued in the first year.

The tickets – for exceeding the 50mph temporary speed limit – carry a penalty of at least £100. In the first year, fines worth £430,900 were issued.

Bosses at operators Safety Cameras Scotland said: “Speed enforcement here contributes to safety of road workers and drivers, as well as improving traffic flow for the duration of these works.”

Luke Bosdet, of the AA, said: “Average cameras are there for a reason and drivers should stick to the speed limit.”

A further 1105 drivers were reported to the procurator fiscal for cases of excessive speeding or where fixed penalties were not paid.

If found guilty, drivers face fines of more than £100 and at least three penalty points.