David Stewart :To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made a decision on whether to pilot an increase in the speed limit for HGVs on the A9.
Keith Brown : The Scottish Government has announced plans for a 50
mph HGV pilot to be introduced in 2014 at the same time as average speed
cameras on the A9.
David Stewart :To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to implement a pilot 50 mph limit for HGVs on the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
Keith Brown : Transport Scotland will continue to monitor the A9 between
Perth and Inverness and will reassess the suitability of a pilot speed limit
increase for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways.Consideration was
given by the A9 Safety Group to a pilot increase of the speed limit for HGVs.
Accident records, however, show that HGVs are involved in a higher
proportion of accidents on single carriageway sections of the A9 than they
are on other similar routes and the speed data shows that the vast majority
of HGVs are travelling above the speed limit
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government what contingency plans have been made to allow emergency vehicles access to cross the Kessock Bridge while it is being resurfaced.
Keith Brown : During these essential resurfacing works (due to start
on 11 February 2013) delays are inevitable however Transport Scotland has
undertaken extensive planning, consultation and investment into ensuring
traffic disruption is minimised.Emergency vehicles will be able to use the
temporary dedicated bus and HGV lane which will be put in place on the A9
southbound running from south of Tore roundabout and ending north of the
Kessock Bridge. Going North over the Kessock Bridge emergency vehicles will
be able to use the short bus lane on Stadium Road to exit via Stadium Road
northbound or the A82 Longman Road and onto the Kessock Bridge
David Stewart : Toask the Scottish Government what research has been commissioned in Scotland regarding heavy goods vehicle (HGV) speed limits.
Keith Brown : Transport Scotland has used computer-simulated traffic modelling of the A9 to inform accident prediction techniques. This indicated that a higher HGV speed limit, on its own, would lead to a slight increase accidents involving death and injury. This research pertained to the A9 only and the findings would not necessarily be the same for other roads in Scotland.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to consult stakeholders regarding increasing speed limits for heavy goods vehicles (HGV).
Keith Brown : We have no plans to consult as this is not a current policy proposal. We have ongoing informal dialogue with stakeholders and organisations. One example is the A9 Safety Group. This includes representation from the Road Haulage Association, which has proposed trialling an increase from 40mph to 50mph for HGVs on the A9.Scottish Government how many of the static speed checks during the recent 10-day enforcement period on the A9 Inverness-Perth road were conducted (a) on straight sections of the road, (b) at collision hot spots and (c) close to, or near the end of, dual carriageway sections.
David Stewart : Scottish Government how many of the static speed checks during the recent 10-day enforcement period on the A9 Inverness-Perth road were conducted (a) on straight sections of the road, (b) at collision hot spots and (c) close to, or near the end of, dual carriageway sections.
Kenny MacAskill : During August 2012 Northern Constabulary and Tayside Police conducted a joint 10 day enforcement initiative on the A9 between Inverness and Perth that included participation by VOSA and the Safety Camera Partnerships. In addition to speeding offences detected randomly by police patrols, mobile safety cameras were deployed as part of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme at various locations established either as sites that meet specific accident and casualty criteria, or as part of a route strategy to address accidents spread over longer sections of road.
Mobile cameras were deployed on the route every day during the campaign period on no less than 32 occasions. None of the camera locations was less than about 1.5m from the end of a dual carriageway and all vehicles from which the cameras were used, were marked to national livery standards and used on relatively straight sections of road to satisfy equipment and programme conspicuity requirements.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has undertaken to reduce the number of young driver deaths between 9 pm and 6 am.
Stewart Stevenson (26/10/2010): Scotland''s Road Safety Framework to 2020, published in June 2009, identifies drivers aged 17 to 25 as a priority area for the Scottish Government and its partners. The framework sets out a number of commitments to address young driver safety one of which is a commitment to conduct a public debate on young driver issues, including graduated licences the legislation for which is reserved to the UK Government.
Transport Scotland is in the final stages of awarding a contract to facilitate the debate. At the end of the process we will be better placed to consider what further measures could be undertaken to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties among young drivers.
David Stewart :To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the benefits would be of a graduated driving licence scheme for young drivers in Scotland.
Answered by Stewart Stevenson (26/10/2010): The legislation for graduated licensing is reserved but in our reply to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) consultation on learning to drive in 2008, we highlighted that there is strong support for regulated driving for new drivers amongst the road safety community and that the DSA should actively consider the effectiveness of restrictions on new drivers. Our response also advocated a more structured lifelong learning approach to driving and the importance of post-test training and qualifications.
To assist with the gathering of supporting evidence for a graduated licence scheme, Transport Scotland is in the final stages of awarding a contract to facilitate a national debate on young driver issues. At the end of the process we will be better placed to consider the implications the introduction of a graduated driving licensing scheme could have for newly qualified and inexperienced drivers in Scotland.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to involve young people directly in motor accident and collision prevention.
Stewart Stevenson: Scotlandís Road Safety Framework to 2020, published in June 2009, contains a number of commitments which we shall deliver in partnership with internal colleagues and external stakeholders to address the needs of children and young people and drivers aged 17-25.
These include continued funding for Road Safety Scotland to develop far-reaching road safety educational resources; continuing to support the use of school travel plans fully involving the local community; and looking for innovative ways to target young drivers with appropriate messages about safe driving.
In late summer 2010, we also intend to conduct a national public debate with young drivers, their parents and guardians and representative groups in order to explore with them the road safety issues for young and newly qualified drivers and potential solutions.
A representative from the Scottish Youth Parliament also sits on our Road Safety Strategic Partnership Board which was established to govern the delivery of the commitments in the road safety framework.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make representations to the UK Government to suggest that it consider setting a limit to the engine size of cars that young drivers can legally drive.
Stewart Stevenson: We have no plans at present to make representations to the UK Government to suggest that it considers setting a limit to the engine size of cars that young drivers can legally drive.
In late summer 2010, we intend to conduct a national public debate with young drivers, their parents and guardians and representative groups in order to explore the issues and potential solutions on road safety for young and newly qualified drivers and shall await its outcome.