Scotland's Road Safety Framework

Finalised statistics for 2021 confirms that the number of people killed in reported road collisions in Scotland has decreased from 2020, from 141 to 140.

There were a total of 5,103 road casualties reported in 2021. This is 47 or 1% higher than 2020. Of the 5,103 road casualties, 1,615 people were seriously injured and 3,348 people were slightly injured.

The slight increase in casualties in 2021 may be linked to the higher levels of traffic seen in 2021 compared with 2020.

The Department for Transport (DfT) estimate that motor traffic volume increased by 15% in Scotland in 2021 compared with 2020, although this was still not as high as pre-pandemic levels.


Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 includes national casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2030.

To illustrate the reductions necessary, the following table shows the figures for the 2014-2018 baseline period, the latest position, and the eventual target levels.

Target description2014-2018 average20212030 target
People killed (50% reduction)17414087
People seriously injured* (50% reduction)2,9081,6151,454
Children (aged < 16) killed (3 year average) (60% reduction)642
Children (aged < 16) seriously injured * (60% reduction)278140 111

*Please note that due to changes in severity recording, the number of seriously and slightly injured people cannot be directly compared to those reported in previous years. Progress against these targets has been calculated on the basis of adjusted figures provided by the Department for Transport.

You can find the full published report on the below link: