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EH6 6QQ 

Email: transtat@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0131 244 7256
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Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland - All editions

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2016

Publication ; Datasets
Published June 2017

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2015

Publication ; Datasets
Published June 2016

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2014

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2015

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2013

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2014

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2012

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2013

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2011

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2012

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2010

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2011

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2010

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2009

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2008

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2007

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2006

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2004

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2005

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2004

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2002

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2003

Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics 2001

Publication; Datasets
Published June 2002

Older reports

Statistical reports prior to 2001 are available via public library services.

Reported Road Casualties Scotland - All editions

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2017

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2015

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2016

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2014

Publication; Datasets; Factsheet
Published October 2015

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2013

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2014

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2012

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2013

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2012

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2010

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2011

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2010

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2009

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published March 2009

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2007

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2006

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2004

Publication; Datasets
Published January 2006

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2004

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2002

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2003

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2001

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2002

Older reports

Statsistical reports prior to 2001 are available via public library services.

Scottish Transport Statistics - All editions

Scottish Transport Statistics No 35 2016

Publication, Datasets
Published February 2017

Scottish Transport Statistics No 34 2015

Publication, Datasets
Published February 2016

Scottish Transport Statistics No 33 2014

Publication, Datasets
Published February 2015

New outputs have been produced to accompany the 2014 Scottish Transport Statistics publication:
Interactive Charting Tool & Infographic summaries

Scottish Transport Statistics No 32 2013

Publication, Datasets
Published December 2013

Scottish Transport Statistics No 31 2012

Publication, Datasets
Published December 2012

Scottish Transport Statistics No 30 2011

Publication, Datasets
Published December 2011

Scottish Transport Statistics No 29 2010

Publication; Datasets
Note: Please treat table 1.21 with caution. The data is being investigated
Published December 2010

Scottish Transport Statistics No 28 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2009

Scottish Transport Statistics No 27 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2008

Scottish Transport Statistics No 26 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2007

Scottish Transport Statistics No 25 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2006

Scottish Transport Statistics No 24 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2005

Scottish Transport Statistics No 23 2004

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2004

Scottish Transport Statistics No 22 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2003

Statistical reports prior to 2003 are available via public library services.

Key Transport Statistics Card

The Key Transport Statistics Fact Card is no longer updated and has been replaced by the Interactive Charting Tool, accessed through the link above in the first bullet point.

Key Transport Statistics Card February 2014

Publication; Datasets
Published February 2014

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2012

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2012

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2011

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2011

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2010

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2010

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2009

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published Sugust 2009

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2008

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2008

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2007

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2007

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2006

Publication
Published December 2006

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2006

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2005

Key Transport Statistics Card February 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published February 2005

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2004

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2004

Key Transport Statistics Card December 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2003

Key Transport Statistics Card August 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2003

Transport and Travel in Scotland - All editions

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (including datasets)
Published September 2017

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2015

Publication (including datasets)
Published September 2016

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2014

Publication; SHS social survey data; SHS travel diary data; Local area analysis;
Published August 2015

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2013

Publication; SHS transport data; SHS travel diary data; Local area analysis
Published August 2014

Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2012

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2013

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2011

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2012

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2011

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published September 2010

Main Transport Trends 2010

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2010

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2009

Main Transport Trends 2009

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2009

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2008

Main Transport Trends 2008

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2008

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2007

Main Transport Trends 2007

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2007

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2005

Publication; Datasets
Published October 2006

Main Transport Trends 2006

Publication; Datasets
Published August 2006

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2004

Publication; Datasets
Published December 2005

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2003

Publication; Datasets
Published November 2004

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2002

Publication; Datasets
Published January 2004

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 2001

Publication; Datasets

Note an error has been identified with table 1 - the column entitled "Access to three or more" cars is incorrect. See table 1 of the latest Household Transport publication for corrected information.
Published December 2002

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 1999/2000

Publication
Published May 2002

Scottish Household Survey: Household Transport in 1999

Publication
Published January 2001

Data sources and methodology

It is important to understand the background and methodology to the statistics so that they are used correctly.

You can also browse our Publications and datasets section for specific information, or use the High level summaries for an overview of key statistics by theme and details of where to find further data.

If you are looking for a compendium of transport and travel related statistics then you may find Scottish Transport Statistics useful.

Geographical breakdowns are available for most statistics.

This information is being added by theme to the High level summaries section.

Scottish Household Survey data

Information on personal travel and travel attitudes and behaviours is collected as part of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).

Department for Transport data

The Department for Transport (DfT) collect GB and Scotland level information for some transport topics which is reported in some of the Transport Scotland publications.

Road accident/Casualty data

Injury road accidents reported to the police are recorded on a ‘Stats 19’ form. This data is then submitted to Transport Scotland by the police forces.

  • Stats 19 illustrative forms: show the information collected. Reported Road Casualties Scotland includes copies, and outlines what might also be collected for local use.
  • Stats 20 instructions for the completion of the returns: detailed notes of guidance on the accidents to be reported and on points on individual fields.
  • Stats 21 procedures for submitting road accident data: details of record layouts and validity checks etc. Further details are available below on the Stats 19 form.

Road accident Stats 19 form

Variables and values (2013 onwards)

The following documents have been revised to take account of changes resulting from the GB Standing Committee’s 2008 data quality review.

Variables and values (2005 onwards)

Final details of the variables and their codes are given in:

The documents below were produced in December 2003 - although there have been minor changes to the descriptions/labels of a few variables/codes there have been no changes to the variables or the valid codes.

Variable 2.9 Vehicle location at time of accident...
the check "IF 1.12 ( 1st Road Class) = 1 or 2.." should be:
IF 1.12 ( 1st Road Class) = 1 or 2 THEN 2.9 = 00, 02, 05, 06, 07 or 08
because code 02 (bus lane) is valid (as there is one on part of the M4)

Variable 3.10 Pedestrian Location
the check "IF 3.10 = 01-04..." should be:
IF 3.10 = 01-04 THEN 1.20a (Pedestrian Crossing - Human Control) = 1 or 2 OR 1.20b (Pedestrian Crossing - Physical Facilities) = 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 or 9
because 1.20b code 7 "Footbridge or subway" is valid (it is a type of pedestrian crossing facility, which variable 3.10 codes 01-04 indicate is present).

Variable 2.22 Age of Driver
under the "Comments" heading, the check "If driver age unknown...." should be:
If Driver Age is unknown 2.22 MUST = BLANK (not 00 or 99)
BLANK acceptable if 2.24 (Hit and Run) = 1 or 2 or 2.7 (Manoeuvres) = 2

Historical Documentation (1999 to 2004)

Data quality review

It has been known for some time that there have been issues with some of the STATS 19 accident data that are collected by the police, due to the design of the form and information available to officers at the scene of an accident. Where possible these issues are rectified at each quinquennial review. The following document lists the current STATS 19 variables, issues with quality, their usage and possible solutions.

STATS 19 form design research project

Transport Research Laboratory were commissioned by Transport Scotland to review the currently used versions of the STATS19 form by the legacy police forces in Scotland and produce a new form that incorporates recommendations for improvement that could be potentially rolled out nationally to help improve the quality of the personal injury road accident data collected in Scotland. The report was published on 14 May 2015.

The report details the methodology used, findings from a literature review and consultation with stakeholders as well as details about the design and testing of the proposed form. All consultation participants’ comments have been anonymised to protect confidentiality.

A copy of the 2015 Illustrative STATS19 form produced as part of this project is also available

Safety Camera Data

  • Road traffic accident and causality data collected by Police Scotland via the Stats 19 form is further validated by partners in each safety camera partnership and then submitted to the Scottish Safety Camera Programme Office.
  • Speed data is collected either via fixed speed loops located in the road surface or by means of mobile speed monitoring equipment.
  • Offender data is recorded on the safety camera partnership back office system. Aggregated figures are then submitted to the Scottish Safety Camera Programme Office via audited forms.

High level summary of statistics trends

Personal Travel

Private Transport

Public Transport

Freight Transport

Equality Statistics

The Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas.

The information has been brought together on the Scottish Government Equality Evidence website an evidence finder which allows users to find evidence by policy area and by equality characteristic.

A number of the Transport Statistics publications include tables of data for equality strands where information is available. A key data source is the Scottish Household Survey so tables are included in Transport and Travel in Scotland and Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary publications. There is also some information in Bus and Coach Statistics and Scottish Transport Statistics. Tables by age and gender are included in Reported Road Casualties Scotland.

ScotStat and Transport Committees

ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues. There are two Transport and Travel related ScotStat Committees:

  • Transport and Travel Statistics Advisory Committee, and the
  • Liaison Group on Road Accident Statistics

Both meet about once a year with members being consulted by e-mail, between meetings, where necessary e.g. for consultation, to follow up on discussion from meetings, to notify of changes to work strands.

If you are keen to find out more about work relating to Transport and Travel Statistics or any other facet of the work of the Scottish Government Statistics Group, you can register with ScotStat to receive updates. For more information, including a feedback form and information on the work of the ScotStat Board visit the ScotStat homepage.

You may also be interested in the (UK-wide) Transport Statistics Users Group, which tends to hold one "Scottish" meeting per year.

Transport and Travel Statistics Advisory Committee

The Transport and Travel Statistics Advisory Committee advises on the needs for statistics about transport and travel, and on matters such as their collection and cost, development, meaning, quality and fitness for purpose, publication and other forms of release and use.

Remit

To advise on the needs for statistics about transport and travel, and on matters such as their collection and cost, development, meaning, quality and fitness for purpose, publication and other forms of release and use.

The Committee will establish working groups, and liaise with other interested parties, where appropriate. It will operate within the ScotStat structure - for example: responding to issues raised by the ScotStat Board; reporting to the Board on its activities; and working with other ScotStat Committees, when appropriate.

Membership

Membership details of the ScotStat Transport and Travel Committee as at 6 April 2017.

NB: (PI) and (A) identify those who are members of the Progress Indicators and Accessibility sub-groups

Chair: Richard Morrison (PI) (A)

Transport Statistician, Transport Scotland (TS)

Secretary: Jeanine Bezuijen

Transport Statistics branch, Transport Scotland (TS)

Paul Reid

Network Operator, Transport Scotland

David Connolly (A)

SYSTRA

Andy Cope

SUSTRANS - the sustainable transport charity

Martin Reid

Road Haulage Association

Alison Irvine

Transport Economics, Analysis and Research (TEAR), Transport Scotland

Derek Halden (PI, A)

Derek Halden Consultancy

Tom Hart (PI)

Scottish Transport Studies Group

Amanda Horn (PI, A)

SPT, representing Planning, Economics & Transport R&I Group, COSLA

Alan Runcie

Transport Policy, SG

Robert Raeside (A)

Transport Research Institute, Napier University

Alan Rehfisch

Scottish Parliament Information Centre

George Mair

Director Government Relations, Confederation for Passenger Transport

Maya Rousen

Scottish Enterprise

Gavin Scott

Freight Transport Association

Alastair Short

SESTRAN representing SCOTS

Neil Sturrock (A)

SPT - Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Martin Macfie

Environment Statistics, SG

Paul Emerson

TRL Limited

Rory Morrison

Transport Research, Transport Scotland (TS)

Recipients of papers:

 

Lyndsey Melbourne

Office of Rail and Road

Andrew Knight

Transport Statistics Branch, Transport Scotland (TS)

Ranald Robertson

HITRANS Highland and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership

Kirsty Chalmers

NESTRANS - North East Scotland Transport Partnership

John Galilee

Head of Transport Analytical Services Team, Transport Scotland (TS)

Meetings

Meeting documentation for the ScotStat Transport and Travel Committee including agenda, minutes and papers.

Date Agenda Minutes Papers
10 October 2016 View View

Paper 1 - Update on actions from 2015 meeting

Paper 2 - Transport Statistics Work Plan 2016-17

LATIS update

Transport Analytical Services Research Update

30 July 2015 View View

Paper 1 - Update on actions from 2014 meeting

Paper 2 - Transport Statistics Work Plan 2015-16

Paper 3 - Annualised Travel in the SHS

Paper 4 - SHS Questionnaire Review - Summary of recommendations to date

12 June 2014 View View

Paper 1 - Update on actions from 2013 meeting

Paper 2 - TS AS Statistics Branch work plan – 2014/15

Paper 3 - STS Consultation

Paper 4 - Distance in the 2012 Travel Diary

Paper 5 - SHS - Question Review for 2015 - Proposed new questions - TS assessment and proposed way forward

Paper 6 - Transport Research - Work Programme - May 2014

13 June 2013 View View

Paper 1 - Update on actions from 2012 meeting

Paper 2 - TS AS Statistics Branch - Work plan – 2013/14

Paper 3 - SHS update

Paper 4 - Potential new data source

28 June 2012 View View

Action points from previous meeting

15 June 2011 View View

Paper 1 - Recent and future developments

28 April 2010 View View

Action points from previous meeting

Paper 1 - Recent and future developments

Paper 2 - Scottish Household Survey Review

Paper 3 - Sustrans Hands-up Survey and Key Performance Indicators

Paper 4 - ScotStat Board Meeting update

Presentation - Scottish Government Experience of National Statistics Assessments - Janette Purbrick

Presentation - Scottish Household Survey review - Nic Krzyzanowski

Presentation - Key Performance Indicators/Hands-up Survey - Andy Cope Sustrans

21 January 2009 View View

Action points from previous meeting

Paper 1a - Scotland Performs and SOAs

Paper 1b - Scotstat flyer

Paper 1c - Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

Paper 2 - Recent and Future developments

Paper 3 - ScotStat Board meeting update

Paper 4 - Update on SHS review and Travel Diary delay

23 January 2008 View View

Statistics for Regional Transport Areas (TTSAC(08)01)

Statistics for Regional Transport Areas Annex B (TTSAC(08)01) Annex B

Freight Statistics (TTSAC(08)02)

Should Scottish Transport Statistics be Reorganised (TTSAC(08)03)

Related ScotStat News (TTSAC(08)04)

Suggestions for Improvements to SG Transport Statistics (TTSAC(08)05)

Transport part of the Scottish Government Statistics Plan for 2008-09 (TTSAC(08)06)

Developments in Department for Transport Statistics (TTSAC(08)07)

Developments in Tourism Statistics in Scotland (TTSAC(08)08)

Scottish Household Survey Developments (TTSAC(08)09)

Recent and Forthcoming Developments in SG Transport Statistics (TTSAC(08)10)

Action Points from meeting of 23rd January 2008

16 November 2006 View View

Transport Topics in the Census (TTSAC(06)01)

Users' Experience of Recent Developments in SE Transport Statistics and Suggestions for Further Improvements (TTSAC(06)02)

The Transport Part of the Scottish Executive Statistics Plan (TTSAC(06)03)

Recent Developments in DfT Transport Statistics (TTSAC(06)04)

Developments in Tourism Statistics in Scotland (TTSAC(06)05)

Scottish Household Survey Developments (TTSAC(06)06)

Other Recent and Forthcoming Developments in SE Statistics about Transport (TTSAC(06)07)

TTSAC-Related ScotStat News (TTSAC(06)08)

Action Points from TTSAC Meeting on 20th October 2005

20 October 2005 View View

Crime on public transport (TTSAC(05)1)

Informing and monitoring the National Transport Agency (TTSAC(05)2)

Developing SE Transport Statistics publications and other outputs (TTSAC(05)3)

The Transport part of the SE Statistics Plan (TTSAC(05)4)

Recent developments in DfT Transport statistics (TTSAC(05)5)

Scottish Household Survey developments (TTSAC(05)6)

Other recent and forthcoming developments in SE Transport statistics (TTSAC(05)7)

Developments in Tourism Statistics in Scotland (TTSAC(05)8)

Action points from TTSAC meeting on 29th November 2004

29 November 2004 View View

SE Transport Progress Indicators (TTSAC(04)1)

Developing "Scottish Transport Statistics" (TTSAC(04)2)

T&TSAC-related ScotStat news (TTSAC(04)3)

Some developments in SE statistics, uses of other data, and measures of "access to services" (TTSAC(04)4)

The Transport part of the SE Statistics Plan (TTSAC(04)5)

Recent developments in Transport statistics for DfT (TTSAC(04)6)

Changes to the Scottish Household Survey (TTSAC(04)7)

Other recent and forthcoming developments in SE Transport statistics (TTSAC(04)8)

Developments in Tourism Statistics in Scotland (TTSAC(04)9)

Action Points from Sept 03 - as at Nov 04

16 September 2003 View View

Recent and Forthcoming Developments (TTSAC(03)1)

Key Developments in Transport Statistics for DfT: 2004 (TTSAC(03)2)

Development in Tourism Statistics in Scotland - progress report (TTSAC(03)3)

Progress Indicators and their Implications for Statistics (TTSAC(03)4)

spreadsheet 1 - Key Transport Statistics for Scotland

spreadsheet 2 - Scotstat 8 -03

Congestion Monitoring on Scottish Trunk Roads (TTSAC(03)5)

Other Possible Needs for Statistics (TTSAC(03)6)

The Transport Part of the Scottish Executive Statistical Plan for 2003-04 Onwards (TTSAC(03)7)

The Remit of the Committee (TTSAC(03)8)

The Membership of the Committee (TTSAC(03)9)

25 September 2002 View View

Recent and Forthcoming Developments (TTSAC(02)6)

Key Developments in Transport Statistics for DfT: 2003 (TTSAC(02)7)

Development in Tourism Statistics in Scotland - progress report (TTSAC(02)7) Annex

Possible Transport Points for the Scottish Executive Statistical Plan for 2003-04 (TTSAC(02)8)

Follow-up to SCOTSTAT Board Meeting: 26 June (TTSAC(02)9)

29 April 2002 View View

Recent and Forthcoming Developments (TTSAC(02)1)

Scottish Executive Transport Statistics Publications: Timetable and Content (TTSAC(02)2)

The Cost of Compiling Some Transport Statistics (TTSAC(02)3)

Setting Statistics Plans in the Context of Transport Policy Priorities (TTSAC(02)4)

Developments in National Statistics in Scotland (TTSAC(02)5)

12 October 2001 View View

Scottish Executive Transport Statistics Branch, and some others with Statistics about aspects of transport in Scotland (TTSAC(01)1)

Recent and Forthcoming Developments (TTSAC(01)2)

Current plans for 2002-03 to 2004-05, and priorities for development/future work (TTSAC(01)3)

National Statistics Transport, Travel and Tourism Workplan

Liaison Group on Road Accident Statistics

The group was established because there was a need for general liaison on road accident statistics for Scotland, covering both the "STAT 19" system and other statistical matters on road accidents. It meets periodically to discuss such statistical matters.

Remit

1. The background to the formation of the group

1.1 The notes in this section are based upon the points made in the first section of a paper entitled "Need for Liaison and Current Issues", which was prepared for the first meeting of the group, which was held on 27 June 1989. They have been updated several times since with the latest revision in May 2012.

1.2 The group was established because there was a need for general liaison on road accident statistics for Scotland, covering both the "STATS19" system and other statistical matters on road accidents. It was to meet periodically to discuss such statistical matters.

1.3 The group was set up to discuss any problems with the "STATS19" system. One particular aim was to ensure that the information for Scotland flows smoothly to the main databases - within The Scottish Government, the Transport Scotland Statistics branch's statistical database (covering all injury road accidents) and the Road Network Management and Maintenance Division's SERIS database (covering trunk road accidents); and the GB-wide injury road accidents database held by what is now the Department for Transport (DfT). The group could also consider aspects of police or local authority sources if that were required.

1.4 In addition to discussing the "STATS19" system, it was hoped that the group would comment on improving other sources of information on road accidents, and provide feedback on the statistics published by The Scottish Government / Transport Scotland in "Reported Road Casualties Scotland" and its Statistical Bulletins.

2. Objectives of Group

2.1 The main objectives specified for the group are as follows:

  • To improve data quality
  • To liaise on current STATS19 system.
  • To examine any changes proposed by GB on STATS19 system.
  • Consider any problems affecting the smooth updating of existing computer databases.
  • Review use of current published statistics on road accidents in Scotland.
  • Consider topical issues/problems with the data as they arise

2.2 As the Scottish Government statistician dealing with Road Accident statistics is also the statistician for transport statistics in Scotland, it was also stated that other transport statistics matters could be raised and discussed if there were sufficient general interest.

2.3. The group will report relevant issues to DfT and a representative from DfT will attend meetings. The group will also be represented on the Standing Committee for Road Accident Statistics (SCRAS).

Membership

From the Police Forces and Councils which send the data to Transport Scotland:

NB: if some/all of the computing work is done for one of these bodies by another organisation, it is expected that the body which is represented on LGRAS will keep the other organisation informed.

  • Inspector Brian Poole (Road Policing Management support)
  • Sergeant Stevie White (Police Scotland)
  • Mr Steven Sellars (Fife Council)
  • Beverley Harkins (Fife Council)
  • Sally McKenzie (Police Scotland)
  • Eliana Clark (Police Scotland)
  • Tina Ward (Police Scotland)
  • Mark Hollinsworth (Police Scotland)
  • Fiona McKie (Dumfries & Galloway Police)
  • Inspector Campbell Moffat (Police Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway)

From users of the data:

  • Mr Andrew Fraser (Senior Accident Investigation Officer, Falkirk Council)
  • David Scott (Scottish Police Authority)
  • Mr Richard Gerring (Highland Council)Mr Stuart Geddes (Stirling Council)
  • Carlyn Fraser (Clackmannanshire Council)
  • Sandy Allan (RoSPA, also Secretary of SAPC)
  • Mr Paul Middleton (WDM)
  • Mr Gary Patton (Edinburgh Council)
  • Michael McDonnell (Road Safety Scotland)
  • Mr David Connolly (SYSTRA)

From Transport Scotland:

  • Richard Morrison, Transport Statistician (Chair)
  • Kathy Johnston
  • John Galilee, Social Research
  • Linzi Pidgeon, Scottish Safety Camera Programme
  • Mr Andrew Knight, Transport Statistics branch (Secretary)
  • Stuart Wilson, Transport Scotland Trunk Roads Network Management
  • George Henry, Trunk Road Network Strategic Road Safety
  • Graham Thomson, Road Safety policy branch

From other organisations:

  • COSLA: represented by Vacant: who also represents SCOTS (see above)
  • Department for Transport (observers):
  • Daryl Lloyd, Road Accident Statistician

Additional distribution of LGRAS papers and minutes

Transport Scotland will send copies of the papers for, and the minutes of, LGRAS meetings to its full list of Road Accident Statistics contacts.

Meetings

Meeting documentation of the ScotStat Liaison Group on Road Accident Statistics including agenda, minutes and associated papers.

Date Agenda Minutes Papers
6 June 2016 Agenda Minutes

Transport Scotland: Statistics team update LGRAS (16) 2
Road Safety Research Projects LGRAS (16) 3
Reviewing Timeliness of Road Casualty Statistical Reporting LGRAS (16) 4
Scottish Safety Camera Programme site selection LGRAS (16) 5

18 May 2015 View View

Update on action points from 2014 LGRAS (15) 2
Transport Scotland: Statistics team update (15) 3

16 May 2014 View View Update on action points from 2013 LGRAS (14)1
Stats 19 data quality issues – template LGRAS (14)2
Transport Scotland update LGRAS (14)3
Transport Scotland Road Safety Research Projects LGRAS (14)4
Stats19 Form design research project LGRAS (14)4
      Update on action points from 2012 LGRAS (13) 01
10 May 2013 View View Transport Scotland developments over the last 12 months and upcoming work LGRAS (13) 02
      Transport Scotland road safety research projects LGRAS (13) 03
18 May 2012 View View

Remit of the group LGRAS (12) 01

Developments over last 12 months and upcoming work, Transport Scotland LGRAS (12) 02

Transport Statistics work plan LGRAS (12) 03

Stats 19 data collection Transport Scotland update LGRAS (12) 04

ACPOS update LGRAS (12) 05

Stats 19 data quality issues LGRAS (12) 06

Road Safety Research projects LGRAS (12) 07

10 June 2011 View View

Estimating under-reporting of Road Casualties in Scotland LGRAS (11) 01

Transport Scotland Road Safety Research Projects LGRAS (11) 02

7 June 2010 View View

Action Points

UK Statistics Authority assessment of GB and Scottish STATS19 collection LGRAS (10) 01

Scottish Government Road Safety Research LGRAS (10) 02

2008 Review of Reported Road Casualty Statistics (STATS 19) - Summary Report

Overview of the CRASH system Presentation

20th February 2009 View View

Scottish 2008 STATS19 collection to date LGRAS (09) 01

GB review of STATS 19 collection - Summary - 2008 review of personal injury road accident statistics LGRAS (09) 02a

GB review of STATS 19 collection - Background, process and scope of the review LGRAS (09) 02b

GB review of STATS 19 collection - Consultation letter LGRAS (09) 02c

GB review of STATS 19 collection - Questionnaire LGRAS (09) 02d

Lothian and Border's comments on the review LGRAS (09) 03

Research projects LGRAS (09) 04

Accidents vs Collisions request to rethink the use of "accidents" in relation to the statistics LGRAS (09) 05

27th November 2007 View View

Scottish Government Road Safety Research LGRAS (07) 01

Contributory Factor data LGRAS (07) 02

RAS KRAS and spreadsheets on SG Web site LGRAS (07) 03

RAS KRAS and spreadsheets on SG Web site Annex LGRAS (07) 03 Annex

Comparisons of police and other road casualty figures LGRAS (07) 04

Submission of the STATS19 injury road accident data LGRAS (07) 05

Various matters - paper for meeting 27 November 2007 - LGRAS (07) 06

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics and road accident and casualty statistics LGRAS (07) 07

The 2008 Review of Road Accident Statistics LGRAS (07) 08

20th June 2006 View View

The Quality of the Contributory Factor Data Supplied in Scotland (LGRAS(06)01)

Reporting the results of the contributory factors in Road Accidents Scotland and elsewhere (LGRAS(06)02)

Road Accidents Scotland, Key RAS and the Road Accident Statistics spreadsheets available from the SE website (LGRAS(06)03)

Points arising from the 2002 Quality Review, and the changes which were made with effect from January 2005 (LGRAS(06)04)

The Submission of the "STATS 19" Data (LGRAS(06)05)

Possible Linkage of Road Accident Statistics data with statistics of any Subsequent Criminal Proceedings (LGRAS(06)06)

XML schema draft for "STATS 19" / "STATS 21" Road Accident Statistics data (LGRAS(06)07)

Lothian and Borders Police Electronic Notebooks / Personal Data Assistants / Mobile date Project (LGRAS(06)08)

Development of Software for Recording Details of Road Accidents - Report by DfT Police Liaison Officer (LGRAS(06)09)

Preparation for the next Quality Review of Road Accident Statistics (LGRAS(06)10)

Scottish Executive Road Safety Research Projects (LGRAS(06)11)

25th May 2004 View View

Optional - Reduced reporting requirement for accidents which are "self-reported" by the public (LGRAS(04)1)

Other points on the implementation of the "Quality Review" changes (LGRAS(04)2)

Possible linkage of road accident statistics data with statistics of any subsequent criminal proceedings (LGRAS(04)3)

"Road Accident Statistics Scotland" and "Key Road Accident Statistics" (LGRAS(04)4)

Information available from the Scottish Executive web site (LGRAS(04)5)

Scottish Executive road safety research projects (LGRAS(04)6)

The submission of "Stats 19" data (LGRAS(04)7)

Taxonomies and categorisation - The implications for safety statistics (Presentation 25 May 2004)

14th May 2003 View View

"Road accidents Scotland" and "Key road accident statistics" (LGRAS(03)1)

Proposed new tables (LGRAS(03)1 spreadsheet)

Excel spreadsheet versions of road accident statistics tables available from the Scottish Executive web site (LGRAS(03)2)

Proposed new tables (LGRAS(03)2 spreadsheet )

Scottish Executive road safety research projects (LGRAS(03)3)

The submission and the use of the "STATS 19" data (LGRAS(03)4)

The 2002 quality review of road accident statistics (LGRAS(03)5)

17th June 2002 View View

Road accident statistics Scotland 2001 (LGRAS(02)1)

Scottish Executive road safety research projects (LGRAS(02)2)

The submission and the use of the "STATS 19" data (LGRAS(02)3)

The possible quarterly release of road accident statistics (LGRAS(02)4)

The 2002 quality review of road accident statistics (LGRAS(02)5)

8th October 2001 View View

Road accidents statistics Scotland (LGRAS(01)1)

Scottish Executive road safety research projects (LGRAS(01)2)

School bus related accidents (LGRAS(01)3)

The submission and the use of the "STATS 19" data (LGRAS(01)4)

The 2002 quality review of road accident statistics (LGRAS(01)5)

New user/provider consultation arrangements (LGRAS(01)6)

27th June 2000 View View

A "post-mortem" on the 1999 changes to the "Stats 19" road accident statistics system (LGRAS(00)1)

Possible common database software for road accident statistics data (LGRAS(00)2)

Preparations for the 2002 quinennial review (LGRAS(00)3)

Contributory factors (LGRAS(00)4)

Road safety targets for 2010 (LGRAS(00)5)

Driver and casualty postcodes, and their use in a research project on tourist road accidents in rural Scotland (LGRAS(00)6)

Progress on the processing of the Scottish "STATS 19" returns (LGRAS(00)7)

Points on the submission of "STATS 19" returns (LGRAS(00)8)

Points on the publication of road accident statistics, and the definitions and terminology used (LGRAS(00)9)

The possible availability, and the likely reliability, of some information about road accidents (LGRAS(00)10)

Scottish Executive road safety research projects (LGRAS(00)11)

 

Stakeholders and use of statistics

Data Providers

Administrative statistics about Transport in Scotland are produced by a wide range of organisations, including the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, the Department for Transport (DfT), the Civil Aviation Authority, the Office of Rail Regulation, and many other bodies.

 

Views of transport users and details of personal travel are collected through survey data, for example the transport questions and travel diary in the Scottish Government's Scottish Household Survey (SHS).

Users of data

They are used by a wide range of interested parties, such as:

  • The Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government (including Transport Scotland)
  • Local authorities
  • Regional Transport Partnerships
  • Police Scotland
  • Other public sector bodies (e.g. Scottish Enterprise and HIE, Cycling Scotland)
  • Transport companies and their representative organisations
  • Students, academics and other researchers
  • Transport consultancies
  • Other bodies with an interest in transport matters, such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Scottish Transport Studies Group, SUSTRANS, the Institute of Road Safety Officers, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and other bodies concerned with road safety
  • Politicians and members of the public.

Uses of published statistics

Transport statistics are used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Informing the general public's choices, e.g. lifestyle choices around road safety
  • Government decision making through policy making and policy monitoring
  • Resource allocation
  • Informing public marketing campaigns e.g. road safety
  • Supporting third sector activity e.g. lobbying and funding applications
  • Facilitating academic research.

Transport Analytical Services produce two publications in hard copy and on the website:

  1. Scottish Transport Statistics (STS) is used by many as a publication providing comprehensive figures and trends across the breadth of transport topics and using data from a wide range of data sources. For some users this publication provides the main source of transport data and everything they require. For others with an interest in specific areas of transport it provides contextual information for their work e.g. historical trends, road lengths, vehicle registrations or data on other types of transport for comparison purposes. For example Police Scotland use car registrations and road length to put their own data into context.
  2. Reported Road Casualties Scotland (RRCS) is the key source of data for those working in road safety. Data is used to inform road safety campaigns e.g. on speeding or drink driving. There are also regular casualty reduction targets which have been set by the Scottish Government that require to be monitored. It is also used by Police Scotland to check for problems in their areas and respond accordingly e.g. to focus on young drivers. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary use the data to identify questions for the forces. Costs data that is published is used to estimate the savings from preventing accidents due to policy intervention or road design e.g. by the police or by transport planners. The figures and data are also used by Transport Scotland's Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit.

Other publications are produced in a web only format, including a .pdf file to enable users to print a document where required. Transport and Travel in Scotland (TATIS) and Key Reported Road Casualties provide advance headline figures from the main publications earlier in the year.

Bus & Coach statistics used to be published as a separate publication but has now been combined with Scottish Transport Statistics. The data is obtained from the Scottish Household Survey and the Department for Transport. It is used in Transport Scotland to inform policy, funding (including concessionary fares and the Bus Service Operators Grant) and local initiatives and is also used by operators, their representative organisations and Regional Transport Partnerships to promote and improve bus travel across Scotland e.g. looking at fare indices and passenger numbers / distance travelled.

Up until recently there were two other publications which were based on survey data, looked at personal travel and provided more detail behind the figures published in STS. These were the SHS travel diary publication and Household Trends which published the results of the travel questions in the SHS.These have now been combined with TATIS.A National Travel Survey - Scotland Results publication which published the Scottish results from the National Travel Survey has now been discontinued as DfT no longer collect data for Scotland. The Scottish Household Survey data provides insight into travel behaviour which can then be used to assess the impact of interventions (policy or schemes) on particular demographic groups. This information is used by Transport Scotland, transport consultants and those working in particular sectors to look at actual and potential modal shift, for example moves to active travel. A review of the SHS was carried out in Summer 2010 and a summary of responses is published here.
 

Accessing Transport Statistics

The range of users of transport statistics is broad and user needs vary. Consultation with users and discussion at user group meetings has identified a number of issues relating to the use of statistics, some of which are listed below:

Accessibility (Publication / Data source vs Topic): Some users access transport statistics from particular publications, others have a focus on a particular topic e.g. road casualties. The structure of publications and the website attempts to cater for both routes into the figures. Changes have been made to publications in recent years to improve accessibility and reduce duplication. Positive feedback has been received from users on the progress made and further changes will be made in consultation with users.

Web vs Hard Copy publications: Many users are happy with a web publication, others prefer a hard copy. For the two larger publications, STS and RRCS, a hard copy is produced. For all publications a .pdf is provided on the website to enable users to print a copy if required. The size of this file is kept as small as possible to enable users with slower internet connections to access the file.

Currency of data: Some users have identified issues around time lags between period end and availability of data. Whether using administrative or survey data, there is a necessary time lag between the period end, the receipt of data and the completion of quality checking. We seek to minimise this time whilst maintaining a balance with data quality in order to meet user needs. The publication timetable is consulted on regularly and changes have been made in recent years to improve data availability e.g. through the publication of headline figures earlier in the year with the detail following later and from 2011 onwards the publication of Reported Road Casualties was brought forward from November to October at the request of users. The move to web publications will also enable more frequent and / or faster updates to data series.

Commentary vs data: Some users require commentary and explanation of trends, patterns etc. Other users are familiar with the data and are less interested in the commentary. Publications attempt to strike a balance and the move to web publications should require fewer resources and enable more analysis of the data to be carried out. For example RRCS 2009 includes an article comparing the statistics published with numbers from other similar data sources.

Other issues are identified in minutes of user group meetings (see below).

Engaging with Users

Transport statistics have 2 main user groups, (Transport & Travel Statistics Advisory Committee (TTSAC) and Liaison Group on Road Accident Statistics (LGRAS), which meet on an annual basis. The memberships were originally derived from the ScotStat register but have evolved over time. The remit, membership, papers and minutes from previous meetings can be found on our website.

The minutes reflect discussions on the publication format, content and timing of publications.

In addition to the annual meetings, users are regularly contacted by email to inform them of publications dates and consult on statistical plans and any relevant issues.

Other engagement

Transport Statistics also engages with users and providers of its statistics in other ways - for example:

  • Meetings with some of the main individual suppliers and users of the data
  • Events like the annual Scottish seminar organised jointly by the Transport Statistics Users' Group and Napier University Transport Research Institute, and the Scottish Household Survey User Day
  • Consultative e-mails sent to the ScotStat Transport and/or the TRi/TSUG e-mail lists
  • Occasional surveys of users of its outputs, through questionnaires included in the publications and made available on the website.

Statistics consultations

Current Consultations

The Transport Statistics team do not currently have any formal live consultations. However, we always welcome feedback from users on our publications. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions by emailing transtat@transport.gov.scot

Results of previous consultations

In February 2014 the latest edition of Scottish Transport Statistics was released. This included a number of changes to existing chapters and included some new chapters. Subsequently Transport Scotland sought user feedback on these changes via an online questionnaire.

10 responses were provided and the results of the consultation were presented to the Transport and Travel Statistics Advisory Committee.

In 2012, the Transport Statistics branch undertook a consultation exercise to gather feedback on their current Transport Scotland statistical publications, dissemination methods and outputs in order to make improvements to these which would better meet the needs of their users. This was the first consultation of its kind in a number of years and looked to assess the impact and views of recent changes to statistical outputs.

The results of the survey were based upon 46 users completing it.

Previously published statistics

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results - All editions

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 2011/2012 Publication; Datasets
Published March 2014

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 2009/2010 Publication; Datasets
Published March 2012

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 2007/2008 Publication; Datasets
Published April 2010

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 2004/2005 Publication; Datasets
Published January 2007

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 2002/2003 Publication; Datasets
Published April 2005

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 1998/2000 Publication; Datasets
Published April 2002

National Travel Survey: Scottish Results 1995/1997 Publication
Published March 1999

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results - All editions

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary 2012 Publication; Datasets
Published November 2013

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary 2011 Publication; Datasets
Published November 2012

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2009/10 Publication; Datasets
Published November 2011

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2009 Publication; Datasets
Published November 2010

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2007/2008 Publication; Datasets
Note figures in the Travel Diary bulletin do not exactly match the bulletin as figures were revised slightly post-publication. No trends were affected.
Published September 2009

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2005/2006 Publication; Datasets
Published April 2008

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2004 Publication; Datasets
Published March 2006

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2003 Publication; Datasets
Published March 2005

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2002 Publication; Datasets
Published May 2004

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 2001 Publication
Published February 2003

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary Results 1999/2000 Publication; Datasets
Published February 2002

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis

​Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2014 Publication; Datasets
Published August 2015

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2012/2013 Publication; Datasets
Published August 2014

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2012 Publication; Datasets
Published November 2013

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2009/2010 Publication; Datasets
Published September 2011

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2007/2008 Publication; Datasets
Published October 2009, additional tables March 2010

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2005/2006 Publication; Datasets
December 2007

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2003/2004 Publication; Datasets
January 2006

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 2001/2002 Publication; Datasets
February 2004

Scottish Household Survey: Local Area Analysis 1999/2000 Publication; Datasets
December 2001

Bus and Coach Statistics - All editions

From 2013 onwards the bus and coach statistics publication has been discontinued. This was carried out to streamline the transport related statistics publications. The information can now be found in the annual compendium publication, Scottish Transport Statistics

Bus and Coach Statistics 2011-2012 Publication; Datasets
Published 27 February 2013

Bus and Coach Statistics 2010-2011 Publication; Datasets

Bus and coach data that provides an understanding of travel trends and behaviours.

Published February 2012
01-03-2012: Errors found in Table 24 (Concessionary fare passes issued) – now corrected.
09-03-2012: Errors found in Tables 15 and 16 (passenger journeys and Vehicle Kilometres by region) – now corrected.
For more information on these errors please read the Regional revision to Bus and Coach Statistics 2010-11 (pdf, 10KB)

Bus and Coach Statistics 2009-2010 Publication; Datasets
Note: Table 8 concessionary fares was revised in July 2011
Published April 2011

Bus and Coach Statistics 2007-2008 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 19); Datasets (Tables 20 to 39); Datasets (Tables 39 to 58)
Note: DfT bus figures have been subject to substantial revisions (21 October 2010). These are available on the DfT website and will be incorporated into the next STS publication on 21 December 2010.
Published March 2009

Bus and Coach Statistics 2005-2006 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 32 A to H & Charts N to T); Datasets (CORRECTED Tables 9.1-9.4)
Published March 2007

Bus and Coach Statistics 2004-2005 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 27 & Charts N to R); Datasets (CORRECTED Tables 9.1 & 9.2)
Published February 2006

Bus and Coach Statistics 2003-2004 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 27 & Charts N to R); Datasets (Tables 9.1 & 9.2 2003-04 areas within Scotland)
Published March 2005

Bus and Coach Statistics 2002-2003 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 27 & Charts N to R)
Published March 2004

Bus and Coach Statistics 2001-2002 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 20 & Charts N to Q)
Published March 2003

Bus and Coach Statistics 2000-2001 Publication; Datasets (Tables 1 to 10 & Charts A to M); Datasets (Tables 11 to 20 & Charts N to Q)
Published March 2002

Bus and Coach Statistics 1999-2000 Publication
Published March 2001

Bus and Coach Statistics 1998-1999 Publication
Published May 2000

Bus and Coach Statistics 1997-1998 Publication
Published March 1999

Bus and Coach Statistics 1996-1997 Publication
Published April 1998