Scotland's road deaths - in numbers

Scotland road deaths 2014


road deaths - up by 28 on 2013

  • 93 car users

  • 56 pedestrians

  • 31 motorcyclists

  • 8 pedal cyclists


For the first time in the eight years the number of people killed on Scotland's road has increased. The official statistics for 2014 showed 200 fatalities, up 28 on the previous year.

The number of road casualties - 11,240 - dropped to the lowest level since records began in 1950, continuing a steady decline from the bad old days of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Transport Scotland figures show 1970 was the worst year for road fatalities in Scotland, with 815 people killed.

Scotland's road deaths

1970 - the worst year


road deaths in 1970

  • 31,240 injured in 1970


Looking deeper into the figures we can see which areas of the country suffered most from road deaths.

Aberdeenshire is by far the worst, especially given its relatively small size, with 25 road deaths last year. The Highland council area recorded 19 deaths on the road. Glasgow City also had 19 deaths last year. However, this included the six people killed in the George Square bin lorry crash.

Road deaths by council area (2014)

The highest figures



  • 19 Highland

  • 19 Glasgow City

  • 13 Perth and Kinross

  • 12 South Lanarkshire and Fife

Three Scottish council areas had no road deaths at all in 2014 - Clackmannanshire, East Renfrewshire and Midlothian.

According to Transport Scotland, almost two-thirds (64%) of deaths were on "non built-up roads". These are roads with a speed limit of more than 40 mph.

The government agency pointed out that these roads make up two-thirds of Scotland's road network, although maybe not as much of the traffic volume.

Seventy-four of the 93 car user deaths were on non built-up roads.

Three-quarters of road deaths were male (149 out of 200) in 2014.

Seven children under the age of 16 died last year.

Three were pedestrians and four were in cars when they died.

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