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Accidents on A77 resulting in personal injury: EIR release

Published: 11 May 2021

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

Published:
11 May 2021
Accidents on A77 resulting in personal injury: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100190256
Date received: 7 Apr 2021
Date responded: 8 Apr 2021
Information requested

RTC information on A77 covering 2000 to 2020 full trunk route to intersection with A75 at Stair Drive. Fatal, serious and slight. Percentage result of right hand turning and percentage of vehicles that are 7.5tonnes and above.

You further clarified that you would adjust my information request to personal injury incidents, but would prefer covering 2000 to 2020. Although would settle for 2010 to 2020, which is better than nothing! The percentage involving vehicles 7.5t or greater, would also be better!

Response

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 Annex A to this response for a copy of the RTC information we hold for the A77 over the period 1 January 2000 to 30 October 2020.

Additionally, I can confirm the following for the same period:

Accidents involving a vehicle carrying out a right turn – total = 98
Accidents involving a goods vehicle of 7.5 tonnes or over – total = 94

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.

From summer 2019, Police Scotland introduced a new system for recording traffic collisions. Due to improved recording and categorisation processes, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of casualties and accidents on Scottish roads that are classified as serious. The evidence from other police forces within the UK that introduced the same system is that this increase will be around 20%.This increase would not reflect an actual change in the severity of accidents occurring on Scottish roads, but would instead reflect more accurate recording.

Statisticians within the Department for Transport have devised a method for adjusting the road casualty figures to ensure that they can be compared over time on a consistent basis. Transport Scotland’s Key Reported Road Casualties and Reported Road Casualties statistics publications will present both adjusted and unadjusted figures.

Under the terms of the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs (information not held), Transport Scotland is not required to provide information which it does not have. We do not have some of the information you have requested because we currently only hold this data until 30 October 2020.

This exception 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 exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. While we recognise that there may be some public interest in information about road traffic collisions, clearly we cannot provide information which we do not hold.

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