Date lodged: 18 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what account it takes of the number of injuries, fatalities and near misses on a road when considering whether there is a need to introduce additional road safety measures.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 June 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to achieving safer road travel in Scotland, which is why Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 contains challenging casualty reduction targets and an ultimate vision where there are no fatalities on Scotland roads.
The Road Safety Framework Strategic Partnership Board (SPB), set up by Transport Scotland, regularly monitors the Reported Road Casualty Statistics to identify where activity or resources should best be directed. Deliver partners then coordinate initiatives in order to achieve the 2020 casualty reduction targets and make progress towards "Vision Zero".
Local Authorities, and Scottish Ministers for the Trunk Road Network, have a statutory duty to promote road safety, undertake studies of road accidents and take steps to both reduce and prevent accidents. In this respect it is for them to consider appropriate measures which will safeguard road users and residents, and to determine the priority that should be given to any road safety measures.