- 14 Jan 2020
Date received: 18 Nov 2019
Date responded: 9 Jan 2020
You asked –
“I would be grateful if you could provide me, if necessary under FOI, the number of fatalities on the A9, between the Keir Roundabout and Inverness, in 2018. If you have any figures for the number of fatalities so far this year, 2019, that would also be helpful. Likewise, I would be grateful for the 2018 figure for fatalities on the A82 (full route). And again, if you have any A82 figures for 2019, that would again be helpful. I am also now anxious, for comparative purposes, to extend my research to the A90 average speed scheme.
To this end I would be grateful if you could supply fatality figures for the A90, between Dundee to Dunnottar (the average speed section) between 2000 and 2018. Again, if you have any figures for the number of fatalities so far in 2019. that would again be helpful.
Given the evidence from the US, that in analysing the results of speed enforcement, it is necessary to look at whole system effects, I would also be grateful if you could let me have the fatality figures between 2000 and 2018 for the A90, Dundee to Dunnottar road. Once more, if you have any fatality figures for 2019 so far, that would also be helpful”.
You provided clarification on 14 December that it is the number of road deaths you require.
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.
Annex A to this response provides accident statistics for the sections of the A9, A82, A90 average speed camera route and the A90 you requested.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House