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Transport Scotland opts for average speed cameras on A9 TRANSPORT

1st August 2013, Page 6
1st August 2013
Page 6
Page 6, 1st August 2013 — Transport Scotland opts for average speed cameras on A9 TRANSPORT
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SCOTLAND has ruled out increasing the speed limit for LGVs on the A9 after too many trucks broke the speed limit and caused more accidents on the route compared with incidences on similar roads.

The idea of increasing the speed limit for trucks on the A9 was raised earlier this year (CM 24 January) when transport minister Keith Brown said the Scottish Government was considering the issue. It was hoped that raising the limit to 50mph would reduce other motorists' frustration and allow them to overtake more safely.

However, a spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said it had considered a pilot increase in raising the speed limit, but had instead introduced average speed cameras as many LGVs already travel above the 40mph speed limit.

She said: "It was agreed that Transport Scotland would continue to monitor the route under the average speed camera system and complementary road policing strategy to assess whether a pilot speed limit for LGVs should be considered in the future."

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