Scotland's Road Safety Framework

Over the years we have seen some successes in road safety from the road safety initiatives and actions we have taken to date. Since 1978, there has been a clear, steady, long-term downward trend, with 2020 having the lowest number of fatalities ever recorded.  However, in order to really achieve a vision zero by 2050 the challenges ahead are going to be even more difficult. 

At the heart of the road safety framework is the Safe System which acknowledges people make mistakes which can lead to collisions; however, no one should die or be seriously injured on the road as a result of these mistakes.

Traditionally, the responsibility for staying safe on the road fell on individual road users. However, under the Safe System approach, road safety is a shared responsibility amongst everyone, including those that design, build, operate and use the road system. Everyone has a part to play in keeping ourselves and each other safe on the roads.

All projects and activities will be considered on a case by case basis, with those being deemed the most beneficial to the delivery of road safety framework ranked the highest.

The call for Framework funding applications is now live with a closing date of 14 February 2022 at midnight.

This funding round, we are looking for applications which will directly contribute to the “Safe Road Use” pillar of the Safe System. This pillar encourages you to be mindful of safety and be respectful to other road users.

Examples topics for “Safe Road Use”:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Young Drivers
  • Older Drivers
  • Driving for Work
  • Seat Belt Use
  • Lower Speeds
  • Distraction
  • Fatigue

All pillars of the Safe System interlink, and all applications will be considered and measured against the delivery of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework 2030.


The Fund is open to road safety partners and organisations, both public and professional associations, registered charities and university departments across Scotland.

Funding criteria

[Please note: funding is paid quarterly over a 12 month period on receipt of progress reports.]

The criteria for a successful application are as follows:

  • Your initiative contributes to the delivery of the Safe System pillar “Safe Road Use” as described in the Road Safety Framework 2030.
  • Demonstrate innovation.
  • Demonstrate Sustainability post Transport Scotland funding.
  • Demonstrate match funding – recommend match fund 50% of the total cost of the initiative. However any level of match funding will be considered if the initiative is deemed of significant value.
  • Be independently evaluated from the beginning of the initiative.

There is no minimum or maximum amount organisations can apply for. All projects and activities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with those being deemed the most beneficial to the delivery of the Road Safety Framework 2030 ranked the highest.


Funding will not be issued where:

  • The application is deemed to advertise or promote a product for financial gain.
  • Applications are of a party political nature or likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality and opportunity.
  • The application is deemed to be part of everyday organisational duties.
  • The application is already match funded with other Transport Scotland and/or Scottish Government funding streams.

Assessment criteria

Transport Scotland will assess the applications and will provide an initial indication to the overall strength in relation to the specified criteria before the applications are fully assessed and agreed by the Operational Partnership Group (OPG) and finally approved by the Strategic Partnership Board (SPB).

Funding will be awarded on the overall strength of the proposal in relation to these criteria. Applicants should consider carefully and demonstrate clearly.

How to apply

Download the Road Safety Framework 2030 Fund application form below.

Fully complete applications or queries should be directed  to

Road Safety Framework Fund application form:

Template – Framework Fund – Application