New police camera footage reporting system to make Scotland's roads safer

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New system will make it easier to report road crimes
Funding for new Police Scotland dashcam reporting portal welcomed by Cycling UK

  • Funding for camera footage portal will make it easier to report and prosecute road crimes
  • Announcement follows Cycling UK-led campaign calling for reporting system involving AA, RAC, Brake and RoadPeace among others
  • Majority of UK police forces already use online video reporting

Cycling UK welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of funding to develop a new national dashcam reporting portal for Police Scotland as good news for all responsible road users. 

The news that Transport Scotland has allocated £300,000 to the National Dashcam Safety Portal follows a long campaign by the charity for the introduction of a system in Scotland which allows members of the public to upload footage of dangerous driving and other road crimes to the police. 

Jim Densham, Cycling UK’s policy and campaigns manager for Scotland, said: “Following our campaigning, Cycling UK is extremely pleased to see Transport Scotland and Police Scotland’s commitment to introducing a national dashcam safety portal which will help responsible road users provide evidence of dangerous and careless driving. 

“Roads police officers can’t be everywhere on the roads but as the use of dashcams and helmetcams continues to grow, they can provide added eyes on the road collecting valuable evidence.” 

In March 2021, Cycling UK led a group of 33 organisations representing all of Scotland’s road users calling for Police Scotland to introduce a nationwide system to make Scotland’s roads safer.

The organisations – including Cycling UK, the AA, the RAC, road safety charity Brake, British Motorcyclists Federation, British Horse Society Scotland and Living Streets Scotland – sent an open letter to Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock, Head of Road Policing at Police Scotland, saying Scotland needed a system that makes it quicker and easier to report and prosecute road crime.

With the increasing use of dashcams and cameras by cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders, the new system will allow footage of dangerous driving such as speeding and close passes to be easily submitted by the public, to be assessed and action taken, making the roads safer for everyone, as well as saving valuable police time. 

Online systems allowing people to upload camera footage and report incidents are already in use in 40 of the 45 police force areas in the UK. Cycling UK understands that such systems cut an average of 8-12 hours of police time per case, as dedicated civilian staff assess the video evidence to reduce the workload of uniformed officers.

Between December 2019 and January 2021, Operation Snap in Wales saw the police take action against poor driving in 58% of cases where footage was submitted. Northumbria Police stated last year that 77% of submissions to their system had resulted in action being taken against drivers.

Mr Densham said: “The new online portal, combined with a public awareness campaign will create a much-needed deterrence, improve road safety for vulnerable road users, and give more people the confidence to get out on bikes.”


Notes to editors

Notes to Editors: 

1.    Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often.

2.    Transport Scotland confirmation of road safety framework funding:…;

3.    Evidence camera footage reporting systems cut an average of 8-12 hours of police time per case:… and…;

4.    Northumbria Police statement that 77% of submissions to their system had resulted in action being taken against drivers:

5.    A full list of the 33 signatories to the letter in March 2021 is below:

The AA, Aberdeen Cycle Forum, Action Vision Zero, Angus Cycle Hub, The Bike Station, Brake, British Horse Society Scotland, British Motorcycle Federation, ByCycle, Cycling Dumfries, Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK in Scotland, Dundee Cycling Forum, Forth Environment Link, Glasgow Eco Trust, GoBike, Grampian Cycle Partnership, horsescotland, IAM RoadSmart, Living Streets Scotland, North Fife Cycling, Paths for All, Perth Area Living Streets, The RAC, RoadPeace, Road Traffic Accident Law (Scotland) LLP, Scottish Cycling, Spokes Lothian, St Andrews Space for Cycling, Stirling Cycle Training, Sustrans Scotland, Transform Scotland, Wheels for Wellbeing.

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