Publication - FOI/EIR release

Average and top vehicle speeds and speeding fines on A9: EIR release

Published: 1 Nov 2018

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Published:
1 Nov 2018
Average and top vehicle speeds and speeding fines on A9: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03012  
Date received: 4 October 2018 
Date responded: 29 October 2018
 
Information requested
 
  • The average speed of motor vehicles on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2018.
  • The average speed of motor vehicles on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2017.
  • The average speed of motor vehicles on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016.
  • The top speed of a motor vehicle on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2018.
  • The top speed of a motor vehicle on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2017.
  • The top speed of a motor vehicle on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016.
  • The number of speeding fines issues on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2018.
  • The number of speeding fines issues on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2017.
  • The number of speeding fines issues on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016.

 

Response
 

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations.  We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. 

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. 

Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

  • The average speed of motor vehicles on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. The reason why that exception applies is that average speed of vehicles is assessed by the cameras system for enforcement purposes and is not information held by Transport Scotland. However, you may wish to contact Police Scotland at foi@scotland.pnn.police.uk who may be able to help you.

Transport Scotland do hold some spot speed data and this is available to view at www.A9Road.info

  • The top speed of a motor vehicle on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016, 2017 and 2016.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. The reason why that exception applies is Transport Scotland has a number of traffic counter sites on the trunk road network, twelve of which are located on the A9 between Dunblane and Pitlochry. These sites record vehicle movements for monitoring purposes and the speed data is not stored by Transport Scotland or the contractor appointed to operate the equipment.

  • The number of speeding fines issues on the A9 from Dunblane to Pitlochry in 2016, 2017, 2018.

Information on the number of average speed camera offences is available on the Safety Cameras Scotland website.  This can be found at: 

http://www.safetycameras.gov.scot/media/1185/average-speed-camera-publication-oct-2018.pdf

 
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