The Scottish Government is seeking views from practitioners on an ‘ambitious’ plan to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on the nation’s roads over the next decade.
The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a ‘compelling’ long-term vision for road safety, by creating a “more forgiving road system that takes human vulnerability and fallibility into account”.
The framework looks to fully embed the five pillars of the Safe System approach to road safety: safe road use, safe vehicles, safe speeds, safe roads and roadsides, and post-crash response.
It also introduces a comprehensive performance management system to help the Scottish Government gain a ‘much clearer understanding of the different issues influencing overall safety performance’.
The framework works towards the ultimate aim of achieving zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, said: “Our Road Safety Framework to 2020 has supported a reduction in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in Scotland’s roads.
“It’s remarkable that even with a 27% rise in traffic since 1995, we’ve seen a 61% decrease in road collisions across the same period.
“Even though we are on track to meet the 2020 target for reductions in the number of people killed on our roads – this brings no consolation to the family and friends who have been left completely devastated by the death of loved ones on our roads.
“We must do more – and the positive improvements we’ve made, stem from a collective belief by all road safety partners in Scotland, that road deaths are not an inevitability. We believe that they are preventable.
“Our ambition for Vision Zero by 2050, is achievable, and I believe can be made a reality, by fully embedding the Safe System approach to road safety.”