New enforcement location in Aberdeen
Concerns regarding vehicle speeds, made by Aberdeen City Council, have led to Coast Road Aberdeen, which makes up part of the National Cycling Networks Route 1, being identified as a flexible deployment location by the North Safety Camera Unit with enforcement due to start on 21/09/2020.
Whilst this road doesn’t meet the normal strict criteria in place to become a permanent enforcement location it does meet the requirements for the new flexible deployment scheme. The scheme has been introduced this year to enable the unit to enforce at locations of concern for a maximum of three months. During this time the objective will be to support improved driver behaviour and speed limit compliance encouraging pedestrians and cyclists usage in the area.
Kenny Sutherland, Temporary Manager North Safety Camera Unit says ” The flexible deployment scheme provides us with a new opportunity to further enhance our partnership working with the local authority and the community in locations where concerns raised are evidenced due to the speed of vehicles travelling but which do not meet our normal deployment criteria. Our Safety Camera Vans will be enforcing along Coast Road during the next 12 weeks providing a visible deterrent to modify driver behaviour and targeting vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit. The speed limits are in place for the safety of all road users and it is essential that they are adhered to for this reason.”
Aberdeen City Council transport spokesperson Councillor Sandra Macdonald said: “We welcome the new option for flexible deployment sites and its use at this location to address the concerns raised by the local community. We hope that the benefits will be long lasting as speed compliance improves.”
Denise Hamilton, Head of Communications, Cycling Scotland said “tackling speeding and other dangerous driving is essential to keep everyone safe on our roads. This enforcement action in Aberdeen is welcome to ensure people are safer cycling, walking, wheeling and driving. More dedicated bike lanes, separated from traffic are the top priority to improve cycling safety with enforcement and education also essential to improve road safety for all. Cycling has huge health and environmental benefits and we need to support more people to travel safely by bike.”