Appendix I - Scottish Parliamentary Questions

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2017

Appendix I - Scottish Parliamentary Questions

This Appendix lists the most recent Scottish Parliamentary Questions on road accident and casualty statistics for which answers were drafted by the Transport Statistics branch. It does not provide a complete list of all Parliamentary Questions relating to road accidents, because it excludes (for example) questions which were:

  • about accidents and casualties on trunk roads in Scotland – answers to which were drafted by Transport Scotland's Trunk Roads and Bus Operations section as it is responsible for the trunk road network;
  • about matters such as safety cameras, accidents involving school buses, or the number of people involved in road accidents who were convicted of certain offences – answers to which were drafted by the parts of the Scottish Government with responsibility for the relevant policy areas (Transport Statistics contributed to some of these answers – e.g. by providing whatever relevant statistics it held, or by explaining why the information requested was not available from the Stats 19 returns);
  • asked at the Westminster Parliament – answers to which were drafted by the Department for Transport, whose GB-wide database includes a copy of the Scottish Stats 19 data

However, although its coverage is not comprehensive, this Appendix should be of interest to some users of Reported Road Casualties Scotland because it provides examples of the kinds of uses that are made of the Stats 19 data.

Almost all the answers can be found in previous editions of Reported Road casualties Scotland or via

Question: Answer ( * ) Reference
May 2015 to March 2018
…to ask the Scottish Government how many (a) deaths, (b) serious injuries and (c) minor injuries there have been each year since 1999 in incidents that involved (i) whisky road tankers, (ii) HGVs on the A9 between Perth and Inverness and (iii) freight trains on the main line between Perth and Inverness, and what information it has on casualty rate per tonne-mile for (A) HGVs and (B) freight trains. Information provided(#) S4W-25465
…to ask the Scottish Government how many road deaths there were in the 12 months (a) prior to and (b) following the lowering of the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood. Information provided(#) S4W-29247
…to ask the Scottish Government how many road traffic accidents there have been in Moray (a) in each of the last five years and (b) since January 2016, broken down by the (i) category of accident and (ii) number of (A) injuries and (B) fatalities. Information provided(#) S5W-04653
…to ask the Scottish Government how many road accidents involving (a) trucks and (b) other heavy goods vehicles have been recorded in the Lothian parliamentary region in each of the last 10 years. Information provided(#) S5W-04815
…to ask the Scottish Government how many cyclists have been involved in road traffic accidents in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area, and what information it has regarding how many of the cyclists were wearing a helmet, also broken down by the cost to each NHS board of treating those who (i) wore and (ii) did not wear a helmet. Information provided(#) S5W-12702
…to ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12702 by Humza Yousaf on 27 November 2017, what information it has on the type of casualties and injuries sustained, including whether these were head injuries, and whether it considers that the wearing of helmets may have reduced the severity of, or prevented, casualties or head injuries. Information not available S5W-13344
…to ask the Scottish Government, following reports on 22 January 2018 that 99% of drivers on the A90 obeyed the speed limit in the third quarter of 2017, when it will publish accident statistics for that period. Information provided(#) S5W-15014
…to ask the Scottish Government how many bicycle-related road traffic accidents have occurred in each year since 2012. Information provided(#) S5W-15494

( * ) – the entries in this column are as follows:

information provided – this category includes cases where:

  • only some of the information that was requested was available – e.g. questions about:
    • the numbers of road accidents and hit-and-run incidents – because the Stats 19 returns cover only injury accidents which were reported to the Police, so do not cover all accidents/incidents; or
    • the causes of accidents since 1999 – because Contributory Factors were only added to Stats 19 at the start of 2005.
  • the only information that could be provided was on a different basis from that which was requested

information not available – this category includes cases where the information requested:

  • does not exist; or
  • is not held centrally; or
  • cannot be obtained from the Transport Statistics road accident statistics system without disproportionate cost, because the system is not designed to provide it

( $ ) – the answer referred to a publicly-available source (e.g. Reported Road Casualties Scotland, or another question which had been answered previously) which contained some or all of the information which was requested. The answer may also have provided some information that was not available from the publicly-available source.

( # ) – the answer explained that the statistics which were provided were based upon the data which are held in the central road accident statistics database and which were collected by the police at the time of the accident and subsequently reported in the Stats 19 returns. They may differ from any figures which the local authorities would provide now, because they do not take account of any subsequent changes or corrections that local authorities may have made to the statistical information, for use at local level, about the location of each accident, based upon their knowledge of the roads and areas concerned.

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