Breakdowns per road: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Information requested

For each of the financial years 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19 (April to March), please provide the number of breakdowns per road, broken down by road section (i.e. junction-to-junction).

Please could you also provide the number of breakdowns for each of the above years, broken down by month and day of the week.


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 see attached Annex A for details about calls made to the Traffic Scotland in respect of breakdowns for the periods requested. Please note that this only applies to the Motorway and Trunk routes that we cover, and not other A-class roads or parts of routes that are Council maintained.

We are unable to provide some information about the number of vehicles recovered on the network as there are often occasions where breakdowns occur and Traffic Scotland are  unaware of the recovery firm attending. Some information is held but this does not cover the entire network as requested and as such we do not hold the information in the format requested. We also do not have the information in relation to road section number or junction to junction. We have provided the X and Y co-ordinates of the location. Under the terms of section 17(1) of FOISA (information not held) we are not required to provide information we do not have.

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FOI-19-01229 - Annex A


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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