High Level Activity

High Level Activity

2017 saw Scotland’s road safety partners continue to make considerable progress in delivering the commitments set out in the Framework. The vast majority of the 96 commitments have been delivered or are underway, and are bolstered by on-going activity which contributes towards Scotland’s long term road safety casualty reduction targets. A snapshot of activities undertaken in 2017 across partner organisations to meet the commitments is shown below, together with each partner’s strategic plan. 

Scottish Government

Active and Sustainable Travel

Strategic plan

The Active Travel Vision, the Cycle Action Plan for Scotland and the National Walking Strategy.

Summary

Improving safety for all road and path users is a key consideration in all Active and Sustainable Travel (AST) projects and programmes. In terms of AST’s aim to increase the proportion of people walking and cycling, safety (both actual and perceived) is a top priority. 

Specific activity for 2017/183

Through Sustrans Community Links and Community Links PLUS infrastructure projects, funded by Transport Scotland, the AST Team has worked in partnership with 45 organisations, mainly LAs, to deliver over 200 projects which provided safer routes for walking and cycling, making Scotland’s towns and cities friendlier and safer places to be, as outlined in our Programme for Government. The AST Team also delivered behaviour change projects including child and adult cycle training, and PS started rolling out the “Close Pass” initiative across Scotland to make the roads safer for cyclists. The SG provided funding for the first large scale e-bike hire scheme in Stirling which will be in place by Autumn 2018. The AST Team also supported projects which encouraged older people to become more active such as “Cycling Without Age”, which launched in April 2018, and for people with disabilities to experience cycling through the projects at Saughton Park in Edinburgh and Freewheel North in Glasgow. 

Useful Links:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/active-travel/
https://www.transport.gov.scot/transport-network/roads/road-safety/
http://roadsafetyscotland.org.uk/
http://dontriskit.info/

Road Safety Policy

Strategic plan

Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.

Summary

The Road Safety Policy (RSP) team seeks to work collaboratively with partners to help them deliver the specific commitments contained within the Strategic Delivery Plan. RSP works with the SPB to prioritise spending under the Framework Fund which sees RSP work with colleagues in TS Analytical Services to commission specific research identified through the Review, and directs funding to activity aligned with the key priorities areas, as identified by the Board.

Specific activity for 2017/18

RSP continued to provide secretariat support for the SPB and OPG.

RSP continued administering the grant funding for the Road Safety Framework.

TS policy and legal support was provided for the Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill, which progressed through the Scottish Parliament over 2017 following the introduction by Gillian Martin MSP. The legislation will ensure that seat belts become a legal requirement on all dedicated home-to-school transport and vehicles used for educational excursions provided by LAs, independent schools and grant-aided schools. It implements a 2016 manifesto commitment following powers devolved via a Scotland Act Order specifically on this issue in 2015 and takes forward the intentions of a former petition before the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. Vehicles used for such dedicated school transport include buses, coaches, minibuses and taxis owned by the school authority or, as is more common, provided under contract with private companies. Many councils in Scotland already stipulate seat belts in such contracts, but the Bill will ensure this good practice becomes universal as a matter of law, with implementation beginning in Summer 2018.

Road Safety Scotland 

Strategic plan

Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.

Summary

Road Safety Scotland (RSS) will continue delivering on the relevant commitments within the Framework, aligning learning and publicity activity to priority areas. RSS will also seek other opportunities such as national events, exhibitions and conferences to promote the aspirations of the Road Safety Framework and, in particular, the three PFAs

RSS will maintain the production and distribution of learning resources linked to Curriculum for Excellence to ensure that, throughout a young person’s formal education, there are high-quality, age-appropriate road safety learning resources. The learning resources, early years in particular, also provide advice and support for parents and families. Provision for early years all the way up to late teens seeks to initiate a skills for life approach to road safety when they are vulnerable road users, through the pre-, and young driver period.

In 2017, RSS commissioned an evaluation of four of its key learning resources, the recommendations of which will provide a steer on the way forward in 2018. RSS also began work on bringing all its learning resources into one web-based portal for ease of access and use.

Specific activity for 2017/18

RSS was involved in a number of campaigns in 2017 including: 

  • Vulnerable Road Users;
  • In-Car Safety; 
  • Driver Distraction (A9 specific);
  • Country Roads;
  • Drink-Driving;
  • Motorcycling; and
  • Initial development of a new Young driver campaign for use in 2018. 

For further information, see RSS’s Don’t Risk It website.

Throughout 2017, RSS promoted its resources and campaigns at a variety of events: 

  • Scottish Motorcycle Show;
  • Scottish Car Show;
  • Ignition Festival of Motoring;
  • Scottish Learning Festival;
  • Scottish Book Trust Conference; and 
  • Children in Scotland Conference.

Scottish Road Safety Camera Programme

Strategic plan

Scottish Safety Camera Programme.

Summary

The Scottish Safety Camera Programme (SSCP)
(“the programme”) continued to ensure safety cameras were deployed where they had the greatest potential to reduce injury collisions by supporting the delivery of the annual site prioritisation process. Alongside this, the programme has overseen the performance of the three regional Safety Camera Units, while also considering the Programme’s operational infrastructure and identifying opportunities for best practice and innovative solutions. 

Specific activity for 2017/18

Application of site prioritisation process continues, with sites either implemented or decommissioned from Summer 2017.

Strategic Road Safety – Trunk Road Network

Strategic plan

Strategic Road Safety Plan.

Summary

The Strategic Road Safety (SRS) team continued to broaden the Trunk Road SRS Programmes to fully reflect the safe system approach beyond the historical core activities of investigation, design and construction of schemes based around the historical personal injury accident evidence base.

Specific activity for 2017/18

The SRS team has been working across the 20 Action Points within the SRS Plan.

National Agencies

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Strategic plan

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Strategic Plan 2015-18.

Summary

Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is happy to consider any proposed road traffic diversion schemes if they are shown to improve road traffic safety.

Specific activity for 2017/18

COPFS will work with partner agencies to assess the suitability of proposed road traffic diversion schemes.

National Health Services Scotland

Strategic plan

National Health Services Scotland 2020 vision.

Summary

National Health Service Scotland (NHSScotland) is committed to delivering the SG’s 2020 Vision. This will ensure more people can live longer, healthier lives, with services delivered at home or closer to home in local communities. Protecting and improving children’s health as well as avoiding accidents and injury for all are key elements of this strategy.

Specific activity for 2017/18

NHS Scotland will continue to work closely with Community Planning Partnerships, Integration Boards and all their partner Agencies, including the third sector, to protect and improve population health and wellbeing. This will align closely with the overarching outcomes identified in the Road Safety framework Review and contribute to their delivery. In so doing, the NHS 2020 Vision will contribute towards the Framework’s Vision Zero.

Useful Links:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/transport-network/roads/scottish-safety-camera-programme
https://www.transport.gov.scot/transport-network/roads/road-safety/#42391
http://www.copfs.gov.uk/
http://www.healthscotland.scot/

Police Scotland

Strategic plan

Police Scotland Road Safety and Road Crime Strategy 2015-2018 (Revised November 2016).

Summary

Road Safety and Road Crime are priorities for Police Scotland (PS). The Strategic Intention “to influence road user behaviour and make Scotland’s road safer” is informed by this priority and the SG’s Road Safety Framework, which has set targets for reductions in casualties by 2020. 

The Strategic Intention informs PS’s three Strategic Priorities:

  • Reduce road casualties in collaboration with partners.
  • Influence driver and road user behaviour.
  • Detect and deter all types of criminality on our roads.

PS priorities are further defined by the following objectives:

  • Effective patrolling of the roads.
  • Influence Driver and road user behaviour.
  • Detect and deter all types of criminality on our roads.
  • Tackle anti-social use of the roads.
  • Combat the threat of terrorism. 

Specific activity for 2017/18

PS will identify patrol patterns targeting at risk roads focussing on locations with a higher risk in terms of speed, age and vulnerability. 

PS has produced a National Calendar of Road Safety Activity 2017/18. Activity includes campaigns addressing Drink/Drug Driving, Speed and Vulnerable Road Users. Within the Calendar, PS will also undertake a seasonal Motorcycle Safety campaign, to promote safe and responsible motorcycling.

Scottish Ambulance Service

Strategic plan

The Scottish Ambulance Service Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient.

Summary

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) 2020 Strategic plan makes reference to extending the work with partners and local communities towards building stronger safer communities.

Specific activity for 2017/18

SAS has pledged its continued support to various educational initiatives across the country; such as Drivewise, which targets areas such as pre-drivers, older drivers and motorcyclists.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Services

Strategic plan

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.

Summary

Scottish Fire and Rescue Services (SFRS) continue to maintain a strategic commitment to the Road Safety Framework through the National Fire and Rescue Framework, the SFRS Strategic Plan and where appropriate, within LA level “Local Fire Plans”. This strategic commitment ensures a focussed and maintained approach to improving road safety though the delivery of national prevention campaigns, underpinned by local early intervention activities and initiatives, many of which are designed and delivered collaboratively with various key partners.

As part of this review, SFRS actively participated in each of the PFA, leading the “Pre-drivers, Drivers 17 to 25 and Older Drivers” work stream. SFRS have, therefore, positively contributed towards the creation and agreement of the additional priority area outcomes and indicators. In contributing and shaping the Review, the SFRS have reinforced its commitment to support the achievement of improving the agreed outcomes.

Specific activity for 2017/18

Seek to enhance existing partnership working arrangements
with key stakeholders at both a national and local level.

Explore opportunities to diversify its partnership working arrangements, road safety campaigns and initiatives.

Seek to improve workforce competence in road safety matters
in order to add additional value to this agenda.

Local Government

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

Strategic plan

Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.

Summary

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) continues to support the aims of the Framework through its work on transport and wider policy.

Specific activity for 2017/18

CoSLA is involved in the development of the National Transport Strategy and supported the work of the Road Maintenance Strategic Action Group. More specifically, CoSLA supported the Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill in its passage through Parliament.

Useful Links:

http://www.scotland.police.uk/
http://www.scottishambulance.com/
http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/
http://www.cosla.gov.uk/

The Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland

Strategic plan

Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland Business Plan 2017/18.

Summary

The Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) continues to support the three PFA as crucial to achieving maximum impact on overall casualty reduction towards the 2010 targets and will continue to work closely with road safety partners and key stakeholders in this regard.

Specific activity for 2017/18

  • Contribute to the consultation and development of new legislation for improved parking in Scotland and for a 20mph default speed limit on restricted roads.
  • Work with TS on research into speed management techniques used on urban roads throughout Scotland.
  • Work with TS and other key stakeholders on developing initiatives for the 2018 motorcycling season.
  • Work with RSS and other key stakeholders on initiatives related to younger and older drivers.
  • Work with SUSTRANS and other key stakeholders to contribute to the development of safer walking and cycling.
  • Work with TS and the DfT on the review and consolidation of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.
  • Work with TS and other key stakeholders on the protocols and accuracy for the collection, dissemination and reporting of crash and casualty data.
  • Contribute to the national debate on the management of events on the public road.

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives

Strategic plan

Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 and Single Outcome Agreements.

Summary

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) is a representative body for chief executives and senior managers in LAs. It provides linkages and support to CoSLA and to professional bodies of functions within local government. It can influence the work of LAs and community planning partnerships.

Specific activity for 2017/18

SOLACE continues to encourage LA services and community planning partners to support work that contributes towards the outcomes in the three PFA, whilst taking account of local circumstances.

Useful Links:

http://www.scotsnet.org.uk/
http://www.solace.org.uk/
http://www.mag-uk.org/en/index/a6296
https://www.rha.uk.net/

Road User Groups

Motorcycle Action Group Scotland

Strategic plan

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Summary

The Motorcycle Action Group Scotland (MAG Scotland) will work with the SG, LAs and other partners to ensure that proper consideration of the needs and vulnerabilities of riders is given, to fully integrate motorcycles and scooters into the transport mix helping to reduce casualty rates and realise the benefits that this mode can provide.

Specific activity for 2017/18

MAG Scotland will look to promote its Pathways to Progress presentation to LAs and will endeavour to assist in the updating of “Motorcycling in Scotland” Guidance for ROAD Authorities in Scotland published by the then Scottish Executive in July 2007.

Road Haulage Association Scotland

Strategic plan

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Summary

The Road Haulage Association Scotland (RHA Scotland) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the needs of UK road transport operators. It is the voice of the road haulage profession, a champion of road safety and fair competition, and a respected partner to the broader logistics community.

RHA Scotland is a leading training provider, delivering management, driver and new entrant training.

RHA Scotland stands ready to engage with Government to advocate road safety within our industry, work together to see improvements to Scotland’s road infrastructure and better enforcement across the country.

Specific activity for 2017/18

RHA Scotland promotes road safety amongst its members through its dedicated advice service and area managers. Scotland’s road network must have sufficient capacity and be safe and accessible for all road users.

RHA Scotland will broaden its training offering beyond the oil and gas transition training fund to encourage more new drivers and entrants to the industry to help address the skills shortage and ensure a highly professional industry.

RHA Scotland’s Policy and Campaigning team will continue to work with Government and stakeholders to reduce congestion, secure further upgrades to Scotland’s vital road network and advocate the unification of standards across the country. This will ensure a highly competitive, compliant and professional road haulage industry that will keep Scotland’s economy moving. 

Third Sector

Cycling Scotland

Strategic plan

Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and National Transport Strategy.

Summary

Cycling Scotland (CS) works with key partners, especially LAs, SUSTRANS Scotland, Road Safety Scotland and PS to improve safety for people cycling via education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement and evaluation. CS also supports efforts of others to improve safety for pedestrians.

Specific activity for 2017/18

In 2017 CS piloted new Learner Driver Practical Cycle Awareness Training. CS will evaluate the lessons from this pilot and implement key learning to ensure cycle awareness training is embedded for more people at this life transition. 

In 2018, CS will roll out programmes across Scotland including the following key programmes to help improve safety for people cycling: 

  • Bikeability Scotland delivers an essential life skill: the ability to ride a bike easily, safely and confidently. CS’s ultimate ambition is for every child in every school in Scotland to have the opportunity to learn to cycle safely and confidently on-road.
  • The Adult Cycle Training programme increases the availability and uptake of cycle training, educational resources and led rides for adults getting back on their bike and at key life transition stages. The pilot Active Senior Cyclists programme, developed with Dundee University, will be expanded.
  • Give Everyone Cycle Space is the road safety awareness campaign to encourage people to give sufficient space while overtaking bikes. CS will expand this message and work in partnership with PS to expand their Operation Close Pass to more areas.
  • Practical Cycle Awareness Training for Drivers of HGV and buses increases understanding of cycling behaviour for professional drivers. CS will expand their Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training – accredited work with more companies, fleets and LAs.

IAM RoadSmart

Strateic plan

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Summary

IAM RoadSmart continues to provide a range of post-test driver and rider training courses across Scotland through its network of local IAM RoadSmart groups and online. IAM RoadSmart has a new range of modular courses, online training options and a new gaming app to promote safer driving and riding all of which can be accessed via its website. 

Specific activity for 2017/18

IAM RoadSmart’s Borders Group is working with a range of organisations, including PS, to deliver an innovative young driver project in the Scottish Borders called Drivewise. Its activities are also being extended to older drivers.

Living Streets Scotland

Strategic plan

Let’s Get Scotland Walking: The National Walking Strategy Action Plan.

Summary

Living Streets (LS) Scotland continues to encourage LAs and communities to implement measures that make walking safer and more convenient.

Specific activity for 2017/18

  • Promote safe walking to school in partnership with the SG and Paths for All. 
  • Support communities using street audits to identify road safety issues.
  • Identify and communicate strategic pedestrian safety issues at a national level.

Useful Links:

https://www.cycling.scot/
http://www.iamroadsmart.com/
https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Scotland

Strategic plan

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Summary

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Scotland (RoSPA Scotland) vision is “Life, free from serious accidental injury” and is drawn from its respect for life – the freedom to enjoy personal choices, health, happiness and wellbeing. It seeks to achieve this through collaboration with others to impart life changing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries. 

RoSPA Scotland works with all relevant partners to deliver in road safety priority focus areas. RoSPA Scotland seeks to utilise their skills, knowledge and experience particularly in Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR) and provide advice and guidance on casualty reduction interventions.

Specific activity for 2017/18

RoSPA Scotland will continue to ensure road safety professionals in Scotland have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through a SQA recognised qualification enabling more effective and focused delivery of relevant interventions.

Through commitment to MORR and the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) align all activity with Framework priorities.

Scottish Community Safety Network

Strategic plan

Strategic Plan 2015-18.

Summary

The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) staff team will attend, shape and participate in national meetings and events, working collaboratively with a range of partners to influence developments and represent the community safety sector. SCSN will identify good practice via SCSN Networks and partner events: and promote via website, newsletter and social media; and SCSN will promote existing toolkits, eLearning and resources and support use as required.

Specific activity for 2017/18

Participated in TS’s OPG, influencing the work of community safety practitioners locally by sharing developments in road safety and making connections across the spectrum of safer communities themes. Supported the OPG to assess bids for Framework Funding which plays an important role in ensuring innovative projects are able to make a positive difference to road safety in Scotland. 

Actively contributed to the Building Safer Communities Programme (BSCP) through Board meetings, Phase 2 Unintentional harm executive meetings and promoted this national agenda at other partners groups and events. Phase 2 of BSCP includes Road safety as a thematic area and in 2016 SCSN seconded a staff member to create the evidence base for this phase of the programme.

Promoted safety messages from Road Safety Scotland and TS within Safety NET-works (SCSN’s monthly newsletter with 655 direct mail outs) and via Twitter (989 followers and a monthly reach of almost 55,000) and Facebook (139 ‘likes’).

Promoted existing toolkits, eLearning and resources to partners which include those working within road safety in Scotland.

Useful Links:

https://www.rospa.com/about/around-the-uk/scotland/
http://www.safercommunitiesscotland.org/