Scotland's Road Safety Framework

The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a compelling long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050.

The journey to achieving this vision will also include ambitious interim targets where the number of people being killed or seriously injured on our roads will be halved by 2030.


Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030

Five strategic outcomes

The framework sets out five strategic outcomes which describe the road safety environment it aims to deliver. These outcomes align with the five pillars of the Safe System:

  • Safe Road Use;
  • Safe Vehicles;
  • Safe Speeds;
  • Safe Roads and Roadsides;
  • Post-crash Response.

It introduces a comprehensive performance management system which will help us gain a much clearer understanding of the different issues influencing overall safety performance, and monitor delivery of the framework more effectively.

In addition, and in order to improve communications between national and local level, the framework creates a third tier in its governance structure – Local Partnership Forums. The Road Safety Framework to 2020 brought forward a strong partnership approach to the delivery of many road safety strategies and initiatives, and has served us well.

The new framework has the Long-term Goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries in road transport by 2050.

On this route to 2050 the following Interim Targets to 2030 have been proposed, based on a 2014-18 baseline.


reduction in people killed


reduction in people seriously injured


reduction in children (aged <16) killed


eduction in children (aged <16) seriously injured