Commenting on figures published by Transport Scotland today that show an increase of 10% in fatal accidents in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson and North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:
“The Scottish Government has had mixed success in reducing serious accidents on our roads but not enough is being done to target safety on rural roads and major trunk roads. Cars are getting faster and safer but our rural roads haven’t kept up and the speeds on many of those roads are not fit for purpose. Countless roads in the North East, Highlands and Borders are just not suitable for cars travelling at 60 miles per hour.
“The Scottish Government should also be doing more to encourage councils to use the powers they already have to reduce dangerous hotspots to 20 mph, such as in Edinburgh where the scheme has been working well for many years.
“Some progress has been made but the Scottish Government must do more to ensure that this blip doesn’t become a trend.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the full Transport Scotland publication https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/key-reported-road-casualties-scotland-2018/