Scotland's Road Safety Framework

Over the years we have seen some successes in road safety from the road safety initiatives and actions we have taken to date. Since 1978, there has been a clear, steady, long-term downward trend, with 2020 having the lowest number of fatalities ever recorded.  However, in order to really achieve a vision zero by 2050 the challenges ahead are going to be even more difficult. 

At the heart of the road safety framework is the Safe System which acknowledges people make mistakes which can lead to collisions; however, no one should die or be seriously injured on the road as a result of these mistakes.

Traditionally, the responsibility for staying safe on the road fell on individual road users. However, under the Safe System approach, road safety is a shared responsibility amongst everyone, including those that design, build, operate and use the road system. Everyone has a part to play in keeping ourselves and each other safe on the roads.

The call for Framework funding applications closed on 7 March 2022.

This funding round, we focused on applications which will directly contribute to the “Safe Road Use” pillar of the Safe System. This pillar encourages you to be mindful of safety and be respectful to other road users.

Examples topics for “Safe Road Use”:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Young Drivers
  • Older Drivers
  • Driving for Work
  • Seat Belt Use
  • Lower Speeds
  • Distraction
  • Fatigue

All pillars of the Safe System interlink, and all applications will be considered and measured against the delivery of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework 2030.