Controversial average speed cameras would not have helped prevent almost half of crashes on the North-east’s busiest road in recent years, it has been claimed.
New figures left transport chiefs facing fresh questions over their decision to fix the unpopular devices along the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.
Scottish Conservatives said police data released to the party showed 124 of 272 accidents over the last four years “would not likely have been helped by the money-spinning measure”.
North-east MSP Liam Kerr claimed “far more” collisions are happening at junctions, private entrances, and roundabouts than thought, and the vehicles involved were likely to have been “slow-moving and certainly not fast enough to be detected by cameras”.
Transport Scotland officially switched on the new, permanent average speed cameras on the southern stretch of the trunk road 12 days ago – and insist they will improve road safety.
Work on the £2 million project to install the 30 devices on the 50-mile section between Stonehaven and Dundee began earlier this year. Similar speed cameras are already in place along the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “The £2m investment in A90 average speed cameras is a cost effective example of how we are aiming to make our roads safer.”