Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart (Labour) is ‘obviously happy’ that the government will continue to fund the Northern Safety Camera Partnership - an iniative which seeks to reduce the number of fatalities on roads in the Highlands.
In a Parliamentary Question lodged with the Scottish Parliament, Mr Stewart asked the Government “whether the new police and fire and rescue services will finance road safety partnerships”.
In his response, the Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP said: “Northern Constabulary and Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service have supported a number of road safety initiatives over the years with a view to raising awareness and improving safety for road users. They are both part of the Northern Safety Camera Partnership and play a key role in service delivery and that is set to continue when the new force and service are created. They do not currently contribute financially to the running of the Partnership, which will continue to be fully funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Safety Camera Programme”.
Mr Stewart said: “ I am obviously happy that the Government continue to fund the Northern Safety Camera Partnership 100 per cent, as they play a key role in making our roads safer. I hope that partnerships such as this will continue to develop and not be knocked off course by amalgamation.