Welcome from the Chair.

In my role as Chair of Road Safety West of Scotland (RSWoS), I would like to welcome you to our website.

Membership of RSWoS consists of the twelve West of Scotland Local Authorities, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.  Since its inception, the primary focus of RSWoS has been to work in partnership to deliver a quality, targeted programme of road safety education, engineering and enforcement.

Road safety is our priority – we aim to work as a collective to help achieve the casualty reduction targets as set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.  Road safety is everyone’s responsibility but through RSWoS, we hope to deliver consistency in approach that will ultimately improve safety on roads throughout the West of Scotland and beyond.

Enjoy our website.

Cllr Stewart MacDonald
East Dunbartonshire Council
Chair: Road Safety West of Scotland

News

Active travel at the 'art' of the relief road

Posted on 20-February-2017

Youngsters are being urged to get on their bikes and help create an identity for East Dunbartonshire's newest active travel route. 

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Think Before You Step Out campaign

Posted on 19-December-2016

Check out the latest TV adverts currently showing as part of Glasgow Go Safe's 'Think Before You Step Out' campaign.  

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Tow Safe for Freddie

Posted on 29-November-2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new campaign urging drivers who tow a trailer to carry out basic safety checks.

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Time for vehicle manufacturers to take responsibility say RAC

Posted on 22-August-2016

The RAC Foundation has questioned whether car manufacturers need to take more responsibility when it comes to preventing driver distraction.

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Sixty Schools in Glasgow Receive the Lord Provost's Road Safety Award.

Posted on 12-July-2016

The Lord Provost’s Road Safety Award Ceremony  - The City Chambers 15th June 2016

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Glasgow invests in cycle network.

Posted on 04-July-2016

Glasgow City Council is to invest an additional £3m into cycling, walking and road safety projects as it looks to make the city the cycling capital of Scotland.

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Scotland on track to meet ambitious targets

Posted on 29-June-2016

Provisional figures for 2015 show that the Scottish Government is on track to meet three of its 2020 casualty reduction targets and ‘marginally above’ where it needs to be on the fourth target.

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Prince Michael Awards Deadline Looms.

Posted on 25-June-2016

Road safety teams are reminded there is a little over a month until the deadline for nominations for the prestigious 2016 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.

 

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Scottish School comes out tops.

Posted on 30-May-2016

A scheme developed by a Scottish secondary school has picked up the ultimate accolade in the European Road Safety Charter’s (ERSC)  Awards

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Abracadabra - road safety show appears in Argyll and Bute

Posted on 18-May-2016

Pupils from Argyll and Bute’s Cardross Primary School had a ‘magical’ start to their week when they had a visit from Allan’s Road Safety Magic Show.

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Scottish 20mph limits conference

Posted on 09-May-2016

The first 20mph conference with a specific focus on Scotland will take place on 8 June, coinciding with the introduction of new mandatory 20mph limits across Edinburgh. 

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95% of motorists regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic.

Posted on 25-April-2016

New  survey also reveas that 64% of motorists say that in the last hour they spent driving they saw at least one driver committing the offence. Of those, 6% claimed they saw between five and seven drivers breaking the law.

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Launch of Scottish Biker

Posted on 08-March-2016

Road Safety West of Scotland launch Scottish Biker 2016.

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Scottish drink drive figures - "shocking" say Brake.

Posted on 21-January-2016

The percentage of drivers in Scotland arrested for drink driving during the 2015 festive period increased year-on-year.

Statistics released today (21 Jan) by Police Scotland show that one in 35 drivers stopped during the Christmas and New Year period were over the legal limit.

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A70 is Britain's most improved road

Posted on 30-December-2015

A70 is Britain's most improved road

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DfT launch new road safety plan

Posted on 30-December-2015

The government has published a new road safety plan which includes proposals to increase penalties for drivers caught using a mobile phone, and allowing learner drivers on motorways.

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North Lanarkshire Road Safety Team introduce New Driver Programme.

Posted on 30-November-2015

 North Lanarkshire Council’s Road Safety Team is running a New Driver Programme, produced by Good Egg Drivers in ten secondary schools to help young driver stay safe behind the wheel

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Road deaths in Scotland increase by 16%

Posted on 22-October-2015

Derek Mackay, Scotland’s transport minister, has announced a review of  progress towards delivering 2020 casualty reduction targets after national statistics this week confirmed a 16% increase in road deaths in 2014

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Good Summer in 2014 caused more road casualties says DfT?

Posted on 24-September-2015

Good Summer in 2014 caused more road casualties says DfT

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Targets needed to hit road safety goals - PACTS & RAC Foundation

Posted on 22-September-2015

Targets needed to hit road safety goals - PACTS & RAC Foundation announcement.

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Wheely good fun on a bicycle made for one, two, three......

Posted on 11-August-2015

Tricycles, bicycles, stunt bikes and mega bicycles – in fact all things cycling will be at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld later this month for a family fun day.

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Go Safe Glasgow launch drink drive app.

Posted on 21-July-2015

New drink app launched in Glasgow

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Safety Cameras switched on across West of Scotland.

Posted on 20-July-2015

Average speed cameras are being switched on through roadworks on the M8, M73 and M74 motorways in Scotland

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Road safety is the winner in North Lanarkshire.

Posted on 17-July-2015

Pupils’ work praised at road safety awards

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MOT Changes on the way?

Posted on 17-July-2015

Motor industry organisations have expressed concerns about the Chancellor George Osborne’s intention to consult on extending the period before a vehicle’s first MOT from the current three years to four years.

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Don't Drive Tired

Posted on 30-June-2015

Drivers asked to take 15 minutes rest and a coffee

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Red Card for Bad Driving in South Lanarkshire.

Posted on 02-June-2015

A panel of Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) subject the school run to a post match analysis in a new video designed to drive home the message that travel to school is not a game.

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New Drug Driving Resource Launched

Posted on 29-May-2015

A new video, funded by the GEM Motoring Assist Road Safety Charity, has been launched.

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Broons Lend a Hand for Road Safety

Posted on 13-May-2015

Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Team lauch elderly road safety programme forthe elderly with the help of Scotland's famous family 'The Broons'

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Safety code for Van Operators Launched

Posted on 20-April-2015

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is today launching a van maintenance campaign to help van operators take better care of their vehicles, and to keep their drivers and other road users safe.

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Live Fast Die Old

Posted on 10-April-2015

A new campaign has been launched to highlight the need for bikers to negotiate left-hand bends safely, on the back of statistics which show that one in three motorbike fatalities occur on these bends.

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Road Show Success

Posted on 23-March-2015

Road Safety Week reaches the end of the road in the West of Scotland.

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Road Safety West of Scotland Road Show hits the road.

Posted on 16-March-2015

Road Safety Week gets underway across the West of Scotland.

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New drug driving legislation comes in to force in England and Wales.

Posted on 27-February-2015

New campaign to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel. 
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Younger drivers still need to take heed of drink-drive dangers

Posted on 21-January-2015

Younger drivers remain proportionately more likely than their over-25 counterparts to fail a breath-test for driving under the influence, the UK’s national lead for roads policing has said

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DVSA Update Hazard Perception Test

Posted on 19-January-2015

DVSA has announced that from 12 January 2015 new computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips have replaced old filmed clips in the hazard perception part of the theory test.

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Everyday is road safety day for North Lanarkshire calendar competition winner.

Posted on 13-January-2015

A five-year-old pupil from Uddingston is the winner of this year’s North Lanarkshire Council Road Safety Calendar competition.

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eCall mandatory from 2018

Posted on 17-December-2014

An emergency call system dubbed eCall will be installed in all new cars from March 2018 under an agreement reached recently at the European Parliament.

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Glasgow makes a date with Calendar Competition Winner!

Posted on 16-December-2014

Every year Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) from primary schools throughout Glasgow, are invited to take part in organising a road safety poster competition in their school.

This year the winning poster was designed by Liah McShane, a primary 5 pupil from Alexandra Parade Primary.  

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Go Safe Glasgow launch new drink drive film

Posted on 10-December-2014

To complement and raise awareness of the new drink drive legislation in Scotland and highlight the ‘Morning After’ effect the Go Safe Glasgow have produced a short film clip to demonstrate the reality and consequences of what anyone caught drinking and driving in Scotland can expect to happen to them.

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None for the Road

Posted on 05-December-2014

Go Safe Glasgow launch new drink drive publicity campaign to coincide with the change of limit in Scotland.

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Chair signs Road Safety West of Scotland up to #SaveKidsLives

Posted on 03-December-2014

Road Safety West of Scotland sign up to #SaveKidsLives

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Glasgow is Cycle Aware

Posted on 14-November-2014

The Road Safety Development Team within Glasgow City Council and partners have developed an interactive driver and rider training online website.  This was launched on 2 October 2014 at George Square in Glasgow.

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Bright outlook for West Dunbartonshire road users.

Posted on 07-November-2014

Pedestrians in West Dunbartonshire are  encouraged to Be Safe Be Seen over the winter months

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Road casualties increase.

Posted on 07-November-2014

According to the Department for Transport 24,580 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI) on  British roads in the year ending June 2014, a 4 per cent increase compared with the previous year. 

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Glasgow Drives Safe.

Posted on 03-November-2014

Glasgow’s Business Drivers Urged to Drive Safe with Launch of New Campaign

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Direct action to stop school parking problems

Posted on 31-October-2014

New bollards have been installed on the road outside Lawmuir Primary School in Bellshill to prevent parents parking on the kerb.

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Goodbye Tax Disc.

Posted on 30-September-2014

From 1st October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer be issuedor required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. The

Government has made this change in the law to reduce their

administration costs.

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North Lanarkshire encourages pupils to Walk to School.

Posted on 26-September-2014

Primary school pupils in North Lanarkshire are being encouraged to walk to school next month as part of an international initiative.

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Lord Provost launches schools road safety award in Glasgow.

Posted on 18-September-2014

A road safety awards scheme aimed at Glasgow’s school children has been launched by the city’s Lord Provost in the City Chambers.

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New drug driving survey published.

Posted on 12-September-2014

New Brake and Direct Line's survey findings suggest an alarming level of ignorance or complacency about the effects of illegal drugs, especially among male and young drivers

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Bad Driving Habits Revealed.

Posted on 02-September-2014

The top five bad habits also include changing a CD and adjusting a sat-nav while at the wheel on the UK's busiest major roads, prompting a call by the RAC to remind drivers to take care at all times and ensure their focus is always on the road ahead.

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Road Safety: A Guide for Local Councillors in Scotland published.

Posted on 29-August-2014

RoSPA has published a free “step-by-step guide to help local councillors in Scotland prevent road tragedies”.

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Safety efforts recognised in North Lanarkshire

Posted on 22-August-2014

Pupils from three local primary schools in North Lanarkshsire have been commended for their contribution to road safety.

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North Lanarkshire pioneers new driver initiative.

Posted on 22-August-2014

North Lanarkshire is to become the first local authority to spearhead a 1 hour schools programme with Scottish young racing driver Christie Doran aimed at saving the lives of new drivers,

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Sharp hike in GB road casualties

Posted on 08-August-2014

The latest road casualty statistics published yesterday (7 August) show a year on year increase for the 12 months ending March 2014 – and a sharp hike in Q1 2014 casualties compared with Q1 2013

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Good Egg rolls into Ayrshire

Posted on 18-July-2014

The Good Egg Safety initiative rolled into Ayr and Troon this week raising awareness of common fitting errors associated with child car seats and providing advice on how to improve in-car child safety. 

 

 

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2013 - Lowest roads deaths ever.

Posted on 16-July-2014

The latest UK Department for Transport road casualty statistics  show a decrease by 2 per cent compared with 2012.

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South Lanarkshire Council Quad and Trail Bike Safety Drive.

Posted on 07-July-2014

Police Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council have joined forces to promote the safe use of quad bikes, trail bikes and other similar petrol-powered vehicles.

Posters have been designed and will be sent to all schools in South Lanarkshire and displayed at various locations such as Universal Connections.

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HGV's and road safety.

Posted on 04-July-2014

A new road safety project has been taking place in schools across East Ayrshire highlighting the dangers of HGV and larger vehicles to young people. 

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Road Safety is the real winner in East Ayrshire

Posted on 30-June-2014

The annual Junior Road Safety Officer(JRSO) awards took place recently at the Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock and it was the perfect opportunity for the Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s Road Safety Team to congratulate all the JRSO’s and their co-ordinators. 

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South Lanarkshire primary school pupils complete bike training

Posted on 30-June-2014

Primary school pupils from Halfway, Cambuslang, have been learning the basic skills needed to get on their bikes.

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Information

Posted on 23-June-2014

Glasgow's route to a smooth Games revealed

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Bike week success for South Ayrshire schools

Posted on 13-June-2014

National Bike Week was the perfect opportunity for Councillor John McDowall to visit Coylton Primary to present the school with their Cycle Friendly School Award. 

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Van drivers urged - Know your limits.

Posted on 06-June-2014

In a campaign running across the country from today, the eight safety camera partnerships in Scotland are highlighting the importance of all drivers understanding the speed limits on the roads and how these limits apply to their vehicles.

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South Lanarkshire Council - Bikeability Trainers get on their bikes.

Posted on 30-May-2014

PARENTS, teachers and school staff from across South Lanarkshire have been getting on their bike to take part in cycle training.

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Police to enforce 20 mph limits

Posted on 29-May-2014

Traffic police in Edinburgh have begun enforcing 20mph limits for the first time under a new ‘service level agreement’ between Edinburgh City Council and Police Scotland, according to a report in The Scotsman.

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Traffic Lights to stay red for longer

Posted on 09-May-2014

Traffic lights to stay red for longer... to give Britain's growing number of OAPs time to cross the road

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Little Steps makes big strides for road safety.

Posted on 02-May-2014

Little steps are leading to big strides in improving road safety within Ayrshire with the launch of a new educational resource by the Council’s Road Safety team, the Little Steps Road Safety Challenge.

 

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Innovative Partnership Launches in Ayrshire

Posted on 29-April-2014

Scotland’s most innovative public sector partnership was launched in Ayrshire recently by Transport and Veterans Minister, Keith Brown.

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Argyll and Bute Council pioneer MAAPcloud in Scotland

Posted on 25-April-2014

MAAPcloud, TRL’s advanced cloud-based accident management and data analysis software system, has been chosen by Argyll and Bute Council to help them reduce the number of casualties and serious injuries on their roads

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Older Road User Research begins in the West of Scotland

Posted on 17-April-2014

Road Safety West of Scotland have commissioned research to find out the issues affecting older road users in the West of Scotland and to identify why there is an over representation of people aged 70+ in crashes in Scotland.

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Speeding Ted hits new heights!

Posted on 28-February-2014

All nursery schools in the West of Scotland have received Speeding Ted child car seat height chart.

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Motorway Pub Opens

Posted on 27-January-2014

The first pub located on a motorway services opened yesterday at the Extra services on junction two of the M40, near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

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Academic advocates 20mph limits to reduce health inequalities

Posted on 20-January-2014

A leading social geographer has suggested that introducing 20mph limits “where 30mph limits have usually been in place” is the most effective thing a local authority can do to reduce health inequalities.

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Don't fail to look! - advertising campaign

Posted on 01-October-2012

Road Safety West of Scotland has just begun a year-long focus on encouraging all road users, whether pedestrians, riders or drivers to pay attention to what is happening on the road environment and to be aware of others sharing the road space.

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On the Road to Success

Posted on 18-June-2012

Keeping safe on the road is child's play for the children at New Cumnock Primary School.

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Speeding Ted Comes to Town

Posted on 18-June-2012

Speeding Ted popped into Kilmarnock recently to deliver the latest road safety resources for primary schools. He was met by Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety and local Junior Road Safety Officers who made sure he had been driving safely!

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Scooter Skills Workshops

Posted on 08-June-2012

Kirkstyle Primary School in Kilmarnock ran a series of basic scooter skills activity workshops during P1 induction days. The eight scooters purchased by the Parent Council were used to promote scooting to school as one solution to help reduce the problem of congestion. Working in small groups, the children, some of whom had never been on a scooter before, eagerly took up the challenge.

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