The 1988 Road Traffic Act, Section 39, places a Statutory Duty on local authorities to promote road safety, to undertake studies into road accidents and to take steps both to reduce and prevent accidents. This statutory duty is undertaken by the Road Safety team to deliver an appropriate road safety education service and provide a safe local road network.
The City of Edinburgh Council developed a Road Safety Plan for Edinburgh to 2020 and is working in a partnership named ‘Streets Ahead’ with Police Scotland, NHS Lothian, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Transport Scotland, AMEY and the Safety Camera Unit (East) to encourage safer travel in our city for everyone.
At the core of the Council’s Road Safety Plan is the vision that the Council and its partners will work towards Vision Zero and the provision of a modern road network where all users are safe from the risk of being killed or seriously injured.
Edinburgh’s key priorities were identified from both a detailed analysis of the 2004 – 2008 casualty data and consultation with the Council’s partners and other stakeholders including user groups, to ensure the interventions target those most at risk of being killed or seriously injured on Edinburgh’s roads.
Edinburgh's Road Safety Plan to 2020 can be found here.