Scotland's Road Safety Framework

Transport Scotland Road Safety Policy are always refining and looking for ways to make our roads safer for all.

Below is a list of people who have applied and are getting match funding for their road safety ideas right now.

Funding period: 2019/20

Location: Edinburgh / Online

Key priority: Speed / VRU

Organisation: Police Scotland / Screen Education Scotland

Main aims:

  • For a group of young people from the North of Edinburgh to produce a short film discouraging their peers from taking part in the theft of or anti-social use of motorcycles.
  • The film becomes a re-usable tool for schools, youth groups and other interested organisations in the city to show to their young people to contribute to education on the matter.
  • To use the film in North Edinburgh and across the rest of the city and (subsequently) beyond to reduce motorcycle incidents.
  • Build stronger relationships between the police and young people/community groups in a traditionally hard to reach area.
  • Subsequent reduction in incidents of criminal/anti-social/speeding motorcycle use in Edinburgh.

Funding period: 2018-20

Location: Highlands

Key priority: Age

Organisation: Police Scotland / NHS / Local Authority Community Safety Groups / IAM Roadsmart / Age Concern / RoSPA

Main aims:

  • To reduce casualties and collisions in the Highland area by engaging older drivers and their friends/families in a multi-agency led interactive workshop.
  • Test participants’ driving skills and reactions by using an interactive driving simulator in a safe environment and deliver educational inputs, in addition to on-site provision of specialist support services.
  • To encourage older drivers (aged 65 and over) to consider the standard of their driving, health, wellbeing, eyesight, mobility and to experience first-hand how these factors impact upon their ability to drive safely.
  • Highlight to participants that driver error, inattention and deterioration in health are some of the key causation factors in collision.

Funding period: 2019/20

Location: Various

Key priority: Speed / Age / VRU

Organisation: ScORSA

Main aims:

  • Continue to enhance and develop the dedicated ScORSA website and actively promote ScORSA activity through engaging with SME community, RoSPA partners and policy influencers such as HSE.
  • Offer an online driver profiling service to SME members.
  • Undertake research within member organisations and other SME businesses in Scotland.
  • Research and develop relevant resources and guidance to improve the safety of those who drive for work and managers involved in MORR.
  • Produce a driver/rider safety handbook/leaflet specifically aimed at individuals working in the GIG economy.
  • Deliver training opportunities within member organisations on relevant MORR working practices direct to those who drive for work and create, organise and deliver workshops dedicated to improving safe driving policy, practices and processes amongst ScORSA members including an annual seminar.

Funding period: 2020/21

Location: Various

Key priority: Speed / VRU

Organisation: RoSPA

Main aims:

  • Identify how communications can be used most effectively to encourage motorcyclists to take further training, particularly those who ride in rural areas.
  • Establish the current awareness of and attitudes towards further rider training among motorcyclists.
  • Establish the current level of enquiries about and uptake of such training, including which messages on further rider training and message-delivery platforms and methods have the potential to be most effective at reaching motorcyclists.
  • Evaluate through a pilot communications campaign the impact of and receptiveness to the chosen messages among motorcyclists.
  • Increase the number of motorcyclists enquiring about and taking further rider training and increase levels of awareness of and positive attitudes towards such schemes.

The following Road Safety Framework Evaluation Initiatives are/will receive funding.

Eddleston A703 Traffic Calming Project

Funding period: 2020/21

Organisation: Scottish Borders Local Authority / Edinburgh Napier University

Main aims and objectives:

  • Carry out a literature review into successful traffic calming in rural areas, national and international.
  • Conduct a trial on a variety of traffic calming interventions over a two-year period; evaluate each intervention.
  • Analyse evaluation data and where successful, seek to roll these out to other settlements in similar situations.

Evaluation coming soon.

New Driver Early Intervention Scheme

Funding period: 2019/20

Organisation: Police Scotland

Main aims and objectives:

  • Change attitudes and behaviours towards speeding and inappropriate driving by increasing the awareness of the dangers and the risks.
  • Discuss the attitudes towards speeding along with the long-term consequences of being involved in a collision.
  • Continue engagement with multiple organisations who either employ or provide education to individuals.

Evaluation coming soon.

Motorcycle Safety Strategies in North East Scotland

Funding period: 2020/21

Organisation: Aberdeenshire Council / Robert Gordon University

Main aims and objectives:

  • To conduct a broader study of past and present motorcycle specific road safety initiatives, seeking to identify key themes and best practice across the various used.
  • Collect data specifically relating to: motorcycle specific signage in NE; BikeSafe; Operation Zenith; Live Fast Die Old; Rider Refinement North.
  • Conduct one-to-one interviews with individuals identifying as motorcyclists in NE Scotland.
  • Carry out a one-day workshop with partners of Road Safety North East Scotland and present evidence of data collected from motorcyclists.
  • Providing evidence-based research to allow financial justification of continued expenditure on targeted road safety initiatives for motorcyclists.

Evaluation coming soon.