Publication - FOI/EIR release

Street lighting policy: EIR release

Published: 16 Aug 2019

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

16 Aug 2019
Street lighting policy: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01762
Date received: 22 Jul 2019
Date responded: 20 Aug 2019
Information requested

“I would like to know what your street lighting policy is.”


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. 

In general, Transport Scotland’s policy for the provision road lighting on the trunk road network is to comply with the requirements and specifications from Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB).  Once provision of lighting for a given road scheme is justified then the lighting design has to comply with standards that are outlined in BS5489 (Code of Practice for Design of Road Lighting).


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