To raise visitor awareness, the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership in association with Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland are jointly campaigning to advise overseas drivers and motorcyclists on the correct use of ‘Single Track Roads’ to ‘Drive on the Left’ at all times and to be especially mindful of the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists.
Commenting on the road safety initiative, Councillor John MacKay, Chair of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said: “We welcome all visitors to the Islands and wish them a safe trip, filled with happy memories. Please, drive on the left; a handy tip might be to place a visual reminder on your dashboard. Driving and sightseeing can be tiring so we respectfully request that drivers take frequent breaks and avoid spending too many hours behind the wheel in one day. Remember, single track roads mean just that: one lane of tarmac for all traffic. They can be a bit unnerving at first, but keep in mind there are plenty of marked passing places; use caution and good driving skills and all should be well.”
Councillor Charlie Nicolson, Chair of the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership added, “As an integral part of this road safety campaign, increased safety signage will be installed at Island ports of entry with accompanying multi-lingual information leaflets and postcards distributed via our partners at Highlands and Islands Airports Flybe/Loganair, Calmac, VisitScotland, and through car and camper van hire companies.”
Endorsing the campaign, Police Scotland’s, Inspector Angus Stewart, Divisional Road Policing Unit, said: “We would urge drivers/riders to be aware of their own vulnerability and travel according to the prevailing road, weather and traffic conditions. We want people to enjoy their time on the Islands, but more importantly we want them to get home safely.”
The Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership advises all visitors to fully familiarise themselves with road signs, markings and expectations that are part of driving in the UK.