- 6 Aug 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/01903
Date received: 12 July 2018
Date responded: 1 August 2018
'Can you please provide information on the number of accidents classed as "serious" and "fatal" on both the A9 and A82 roads over the past five years, for the full range of both roads? Can you break the data down by month and year?
Can you please also specify the locations of each incident, even if it's a case of defining location as X number of miles from the nearest town/village? If possible, can you say how many people were killed or seriously injured as a result of the collision in each case?'
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
Please refer to Annex A which details all the accident/casualty data requested for the 5 year period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017. Each casualty has a separate line so in the case where there is more than one casualty for an accident there are multiple lines.
Annex B is a summary of all accidents for the same period broken down by year and severity.
Please note that the information provided is based on the current figures available. The following are potential reasons for an accident not appearing on our system:
Transport Scotland only holds accident information which is provided to us by Police Scotland.
Transport Scotland does not hold information relating to damage only accidents (i.e. not involving an injury).
Transport Scotland only holds accident information for the trunk road network.
The accident information Transport Scotland holds is subject to change. E.g. we receive late returns from Police Scotland, who are responsible for recording details of injury accidents.
Annual Scottish accident figures are published by Transport Scotland on a yearly basis and can be found by entering Reported Road Casualties Scotland into your search engine.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House