Scotland's Road Safety Framework

There were 4,992 road casualties reported in 2020. This is 2,726 or 35% lower than 2019 and the lowest number of casualties since annual records began.

As a result of the pandemic there was lower levels of traffic on the road, where it is estimated that motor traffic volume fell by 23% from 2019.

All modes of transport saw the total number of casualties decrease, with the exception of cyclists, which were up by 2%.

Previous studies have suggested cycling increased by 46% across Britain during 2020.

Scotland’s previous framework (Road Safety Framework 2020) included five national casualty reduction targets due for delivery in 2020. Provisionally, all 5 targets have been met.

Target2020 target reduction2020 achieved reduction
People killed40%51%
People seriously injured55%68%
Children (aged < 16) killed50%76%
Children (aged < 16) seriously injured65%77%
Slight injury rate per 100m vehicle kms10%68%

Transport minister Graeme Dey said: “Whilst it is no surprise that with fewer car trips over the lockdown period we’re seeing fewer road casualties, prior to the pandemic road casualties in Scotland had been showing a clear, ongoing reduction.

“Improving road safety further remains a priority for the Scottish Government.

“Our road safety partners and I know that one death on Scotland’s roads is one too many.

“The fact we’ve met all our casualty reductions targets, putting us among the best performing European countries, means very little to those who have sadly lost friends and love ones in tragic circumstances.

“Road deaths are not an inevitability and they should not be expected to happen.

“We are committed to working with our partners to secure the ultimate vision established in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 – Vision Zero – where no-one is killed on our roads.”

You can find the published report from Transport Scotland on the below link:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/key-reported-road-casualties-2020-pdf-only/