Clear - Keeping Scotland’s traffic moving

Police Scotland


The Police will lead the resolution of incidents on the strategic motorway and trunk road network which involve:

  • death or injury including collisions and suicides
  • suspected, alleged or anticipated criminality
  • threats to public order and public safety
  • occurrences where the powers in law or skills of a constable are required


  • working with other agencies to create a safe and sterile rescue and work environment
  • preserving the life of those present
  • preventing escalation
  • co-ordinating the emergency response with the other core responders and supporting agencies
  • securing, protecting and preserving the scene, maintaining control and ensuring the integrity of the scene for any subsequent investigation where necessary
  • acting on behalf of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • investigating the incident in a timely fashion – this includes obtaining and securing evidence in conjunction with other investigatory bodies (where applicable)
  • without prejudicing the collection of material or the health and safety of those involved, ensure road closures are appropriate and proportionate to the needs of the investigation whilst being mindful of the economic pressures surrounding protracted road closures
  • handing over the scene or sections of the overall scene to Transport Scotland’s Operating Company as soon as practicable
  • working with partners to restore safe use of the carriageway as soon
    as possible