In relation to the M74 northbound carriageway inside lane "Exit 6" 'Hamilton' through to Raith interchange northbound M74:
1 – A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that stretch of M74, which should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.
2 – Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the 3 months preceding the date of my incident (19/03/2018) could you highlight junction 6 Northbound through to Raith Interchange.
3 – A copy of the road repair history for that particular stretch of M74 carriageway over the past year, which should include:
specifically dates of all safety inspections between 1st December up to 19th March 2018.
Details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc)
Details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time.
Details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.
Details of the Type/Category of potholes, carriage way defect identified
4 – The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections for this part of the motorway.
5 – Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to this stretch of carriageway, received in the 12 months preceding my incident.
6- The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes.
7 – The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects on this stretch of M74.
8 – The date and time this series of potholes were repaired.
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.