While the total number of casualties on Scotland’s roads in 2014 fell by 2% to the lowest number since records began, the number of fatalities rose by 16%, from 172 to 200, and the number of people seriously injured also increased by 1% to 1,694.
Derek Mackay, Scotland’s transport minister, described the increase in fatalities and serious injuries as “disappointing”.
The figures also show that in 2014 there were 1,040 child casualties in reported road accidents, a year on year decrease of 2%. This included seven fatalities, two fewer than 2013, and 171 children who were seriously injured, up from 143 in 2013.
There were five fewer pedal cyclists killed than in 2013 but 18 more pedestrian fatalities. There were also eight more motorcyclists killed and four more car user fatalities.
2014 saw a 5% reduction in car users seriously injured and a small decrease in bus and coach users seriously injured but other modes of transport saw increases in the number of people seriously injured. There were 5% more pedestrians and pedal cyclists seriously injured and a 14% increase in the number of motorcyclists seriously injured.
The statistics provide updates on progress against Scotland’s road safety targets as set out in the Scottish Road Safety Framework.
Derek Mackay said: “The increase in fatalities and the number of people seriously injured in road accidents in 2014 is disappointing. It demonstrates the need for every one of us to take responsibility when using the road network.
“The longer term downward trends and the annual decline in the total number of casualties, to the lowest level since records began, are encouraging but more can, and must, be done.
“At the Road Safety Framework Strategic Partnership Board Meeting earlier this month I launched a review of our progress in delivering the Road Safety Framework to 2020.
“Transport Scotland is working together with road safety partners to assess the progress that has been made to date, with the aim of redoubling our efforts and focus through to 2020 and beyond.”