Tories call on Minster to act on vanishing road markings

  Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on SNP Transport Minister, Keith Brown to take action following a report commissioned by the Road Safety Markings Association which concluded that Scotland’s roads are the worst in the UK.  The report found that 90 per cent of markings on the M90 between J1 and J12a northbound have failed and nine per cent are failing; with the A92 Dunfermline to Kirkcaldy, and A8 and A720 Edinburgh west with more than 80 per cent failed markings. The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has called on the SNP Transport Minister to provide a timetable of when repairs will be carried out. Liz Smith Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife said: “The report carried out by the Road Safety Markings Association should be a wake-up call to SNP Ministers. The report concludes that the picture across 1030km of roads in Scotland is the worst in the UK a shocking indictment on the SNP Scottish Government and their record ion road safety.“Roads without good visible lines are like roads without signs, without them, drivers lose vital information to guide them safely. Reflective lane markings showing the centre and edge of roads can be a key safety tool for drivers, especially in poor visibility or at night.“Rural roads account for three in four road deaths, as unacceptable situation which we must address. As a local MSP, I have long campaign for safety improvements, particularly for road markings at blind summits which have seen fatal accidents.“SNP transport Minister, Keith Brown, had given me an assurance that action would be taken and that an additional £1million would be made available to carry out vital emergency repairs to repaint white lines on these roads.“I have today written again to the Minister to highlight the finding of the Road Safety Markings Association report and asked for a timetable of when repairs will be carried out.”ENDS Notes to Editors: Please find attached the press release issued by the Road Safety Markings Association.