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139mph driver tops list of top 20 recorded speeding offences in Scotland

The figures have been obtained by road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) through a Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland.

They show that of the top 20 recorded top speeds between 1 April 2013 and 30 June 2014 just one took place on a motorway – the rest were on A-roads. The speeds were captured on either fixed or mobile speeding cameras and ranged between 114mph and 139mph.

The highest figure was a driver recorded at 139mph on a 60mph stretch of the A96 Keith to Huntly road, one mile east of the B9115 Junction in Aberdeenshire on a mobile speed camera.

The remainder of the top three were recorded on 70mph limit roads; 129mph on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen Road at Waterston Road, Angus caught on a fixed speed camera, and 127mph on the A9 Perth to Inverness Road at Moulinearn, Perth and Kinross on a mobile speed camera.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ‘These speeds show there are still drivers out there displaying a contempt for the law and for the safety of their fellow road users.

‘This is made doubly worse by the fact the vast majority of the incidents took place on A roads, therefore putting oncoming motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians at greater risk.’

The top 20 recorded top speeds are as follows:

Offence speed/speed limit/road

6= 121mph/70mph/A74(M) Glasgow – Carlisle Road southbound carriageway near to Greenhillstairs overbridge Beattock

6= 121mph/70mph/A74(M) Glasgow – Carlisle Road southbound carriageway near to Torwood overbridge junction 17 Lockerbie

6= 121mph/70mph/A90 Aberdeen to Dundee Road at Haughs of Finavon Farm Angus

10= 119mph/70mph/M80 near to Barnego Road overbridge Dunipace

10= 119mph/70mph/A74(M) Glasgow–Carlisle Road southbound carriageway near to Holms overbridge Beattock/ 12= 118mph/70 mph/A1 Road Adniston East Lothian

12= 118mph/70mph/A9 Perth to Inverness Road at Pitlochry A924 Perth and Kinross

12= 118mph/70mph/A9 Perth to Stirling Road at Windyedge Farm Perth and Kinross

16= 115mph/70mph/A74(M) Glasgow – Carlisle Road southbound carriageway near to Whicketthorn overbridge Kirkpatrick Fleming

16= 115mph/70mph/A1 Road Adniston East Lothian

16= 115mph/60mph/A82(T) public road near White Corries Rannoch Moor Highland

19= 114mph/70mph/A74(M) Glasgow–Carlisle Road southbound carriageway near to north overbridge junction 19 Ecclefechan

19= 114mph/70mph/A1 Road Adniston East Lothian

By comparison the highest speed recorded on a road in England and Wales was 149mph, by a motorist on the M25 at Swanley between April 2013 and May 2014. This figure was revealed following Freedom of Information requests to 39 police authorities by the IAM and announced by the charity in May.


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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.