Campaign targets tourists driving in Scotland

09.38 | 19 June 2019 |

A new campaign has been launched to remind motorists visiting Scotland to drive on the left hand side of the road.

Figures show that ‘inexperience of driving on the left’ was recorded as a contributory factor in 65 collisions in 2018.

Timed to coincide with the peak tourist season in Scotland, the ‘Drive on the Left’ campaign addresses issues faced by those who are not used to the concept of driving on the left or on single track roads.

As part of the campaign, a ‘Driving in Scotland’ tourist information leaflet will be distributed to those picking up a hire car – while an electronic version will be issued at the time of booking.

The leaflet, produced by Road Safety Scotland, provides information on a range of different road safety issues in six different languages, including German, French and Polish.

Hire car users will also be given a ‘Drive on the Left’ wristband, to be worn on their left wrist, which is available in eight different languages, and ‘Drive on the Left’ in-car stickers.

The campaign was launched by Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland at the tourist hotspot Urquhart Castle (Inverness) on 17 June – where they were joined by members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and the local MSP, Kate Forbes.



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