Transport Scotland has opened its Road Safety Framework Fund for 2019.
The organisation will make up to £425,000 available to support innovative ideas that will ultimately improve road safety, whether this is by encouraging speed compliance, protecting existing or future drivers, or protecting vulnerable road users.
The Road Safety Framework fund for this year will aim to ensure growth of projects that will support the objectives of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.
Transport Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity is Michael Matheson. He said: “Progressively improving Scotland’s record on road safety requires innovative ideas from new and existing partners.
“The Road Safety Framework Fund for 2019 supports potentially high impact and novel ideas which can help improve road safety, while at the same time supporting organisations evaluate previous projects to better understand their effectiveness.
“Evaluation and evidence of road safety initiatives is key to continuously reducing the number of people killed or injured on Scotland’s roads and we recognise that this can require resource and skills beyond the means of some organisations.
“This said, evaluation, equally, cannot be a barrier to the next generation of potentially lifesaving initiatives, which is why I am delighted we can again provide support through our Road Safety Framework Fund for 2019 for both ideas and evidence.”
Applications are being welcomed until the end of September, for organisations who wish to apply for funding; Transport Scotland has also confirmed that, for the very first time, £75,000 will be available to assist organisations to finance the retrospective evaluation of their projects.
This will not only build capacity but also support future applications, meaning that those programmes that contribute to road safety objectives will continue to flourish.
It is the latest initiative in Britain to encourage road safety; south of the border, the government is being encouraged to adopt road safety targets, while the annual Road Safety Week, scheduled for November, will focus on a key theme.