Scotland's Road Safety Framework

Transport Scotland Road Safety Policy are always refining and looking for ways to make our roads safer for all.

Below is a list of people who have applied and are getting match funding for their road safety ideas right now.

Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance

Funding period: 2022-23

Location: Various

Organisation: ScORSA

Main aims:

  • Increase ScORSA membership/grow the community/network by 15%.
  • Build on the recommendations made in the LynnPR report to ensure new and existing members access web content linked to ScORSA deliverables within the RSF 2030.
  • Increase awareness of ScORSA and its membership benefits on social media, emphasising the role both organisations and individual drivers can play in delivering the RSF 2030.
  • Elevate comms activity to further improve the visibility of ScORSA and partner messaging.
  • Engage with members through a series of 10 webinars, encompassing new and emerging issues linked to driving for work.
  • Create a further series of 6 podcasts focusing on ScORSA member organisations talking about how they manage the risks.


Funding period: 2022/23

Location: Ayrshire

Organisation: North Ayrshire Council

Main aims:

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of road safety in the primary school age groups.
  • To encourage active travel to and from school and reduce school gate and parking congestion by identifying five and ten minutes’ walk points on the common routes to school. By highlighting how close the school is to these points, it is hoped to encourage families to travel actively on the school journey.
  • Use QR codes placed on infrastructure on routes leading to a school. Once a QR is scanned it will ask a road safety question, challenge or include an activity for the pupils to complete.

BOSCH Vehicle Data Analysis

Funding period: 2021-22

Location: Various

Organisation: Police Scotland

Main aims:

  • Provide national training to bespoke officers (25 technicians and 8 analysts).
  • Identify trends in data which may lead to improvements in road safety, road design, driver training and road safety messaging.
  • Share reports with Transport Scotland, under a data sharing agreement, which will assist with providing key information to the ongoing in-depth fatality study.
  • Gain feedback from all 33 individuals who have been trained. This will be conducted using a combination of online, self-completion survey methods and follow-up telephone interviews in order to have a trained researcher capture responses to determine how the BOSCH tool improved the quality of the findings of their enquiry.

Driver Engagement North

Funding period: 2018-20

Location: Highlands

Key priority: Age

Organisation: Police Scotland / NHS / Local Authority Community Safety Groups / IAM Roadsmart / Age Concern / RoSPA

Main aims:

  • To reduce casualties and collisions in the Highland area by engaging older drivers and their friends/families in a multi-agency led interactive workshop.
  • Test participants’ driving skills and reactions by using an interactive driving simulator in a safe environment and deliver educational inputs, in addition to on-site provision of specialist support services.
  • To encourage older drivers (aged 65 and over) to consider the standard of their driving, health, wellbeing, eyesight, mobility and to experience first-hand how these factors impact upon their ability to drive safely.
  • Highlight to participants that driver error, inattention and deterioration in health are some of the key causation factors in collision.

Tayside Young Drivers Strategy

Funding Period: 2022-23

Location: Perth & Kinross

Organisation: Perth & Kinross Council

Main Aims:

  • To develop a long-term strategy to promote safer driving habits amongst young people and deliver a co-ordinated and flexible programme, targeted at an audience of 16 – 24 year olds.
  • Develop a suite of products, delivered through the Perth & Kinross Road Safety Partnership within schools, colleges and workplaces, to young people who are about to begin driving lessons or who have recently passed.
  • Improve Road Safety by mixing cutting edge technology with a new outlook on delivering courses aimed to help young and new drivers understand the principles of the road, contributing to the overall aims of the Road Safety Framework and meeting targets set out for reducing casualties.
  • Provide a structure and governance for partnership delivery and share resources to maximise impact.

The following Road Safety Framework Evaluation Initiatives are/will receive funding.

Evaluation of Safety in Numbers

Funding period: 2022-23

Location: North East Scotland

Organisation: Robert Gordon University / Aberdeenshire Council

Main aims:

  • To investigate the potential causes of the reduction in road collisions and casualties across NE Scotland between 2011 and 2021.
  • To analyse existing data, policy and background information held by relevant public bodies in NE Scotland in relation to road safety campaigns for the period 2011-2020.
  • To identify existing systems of collision and casualty reporting in NE Scotland and the corresponding data for the period 2011-2020.
  • To identify relevant preventative vehicular and non-vehicular measures in relation to road casualties and collisions.
  • To investigate both professional and public perceptions of road safety in NE Scotland.

Evaluation of Road Safety Measures from Living Streets Street Audits from 2014 – 2019

Funding Period: 2022-23

Location: Various

Organisation: Living Streets Scotland

Main Aims:

  • Assess the adoption of Living Streets’ Street Audit recommendations from 2014-19 across 16 localities in different local authority areas.
  • Compare implementation in deprived and non-deprived areas in terms of types of measures and adoption.
  • Form an understanding of why measures were / weren’t adopted.
  • Re-engage the local authorities to address barriers to implementation, particularly in the most deprived 10% SIMD areas to contribute to relative casualty reduction targets in these areas.

Essential Cycling Skills – Online Resources

Funding period: 2021/22

Organisation: Cycling Scotland

Main aims and objectives:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Essential Cycling Skills (ECS) training resources.
  • Understand the impact on people’s hazard awareness and knowledge of National Standard cycling following engagement with Cycling Scotland’s interactive online ‘Essential Cycling Skills Resource’.

Evaluation coming soon.