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Scotland reveals plans to end road deaths by 2050

Michael Matheson, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

The Scottish government has opened consultation on its plans to halve road deaths by 2030 and eliminate them entirely by 2050.

The plans are part of its ambitious Road Safety Framework for the next decade that sets out a long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050.

Views are being sought to inform proposals for achieving the targets which will be crucial to Scotland having the best road safety performance in the world.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson launched the consultation whilst also announcing a £675,000 funding allocation to support 24 newly identified safety camera sites.

This work will improve road safety by encouraging improved driver behaviour and speed limit compliance at key areas. 

Part of the Framework publication said that as safety becomes hardwired into vehicle technology and road design, there is potential to further reduce road casualties and deaths.

This means Transport Scotland's long term plans involve embracing ‘active’ safety measures, such as autonomous emergency braking, as well as autonomous vehicle technology and smart infrastructure.

Matheson said: “Even though we are on track to meet the 2020 target for reductions in the number of people killed on our roads – this brings no consolation to the family and friends who have been left completely devastated by the death of loved ones on our roads.

“We must do more – and the positive improvements we’ve made, stem from a collective belief by all road safety partners in Scotland, that road deaths are not an inevitability. We believe that they are preventable.

“Our ambition for Vision Zero by 2050, is achievable, and I believe can be made a reality.”

The consultation is open now and closes on December 1, 2020.

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