MSP’s are being asked to support the initiatives being taken by the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership and their partners to improve road safety and understanding during the tourist season.

Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, was recently contacted by the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness about the road safety initiative aimed towards overseas visitors.

He has now lodged a parliamentary motion on this saying: ”That the Parliament commends the work undertaken by the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership, Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland to promote safe road travel in the Western Isles.”

The motion goes on to read that the Parliament:

“understands that their campaign is primarily aimed at overseas visitors and reminds them to drive on the left side of the road, use single track roads correctly and to look out for cyclists; acknowledges that driving on island and rural roads comes with additional challenges and hazards;

“notes that extra signage has been erected at island ports of entry and multi-lingual information leaflets have been distributed;

“welcomes all visitors set to undertake a road trip to the Western Isles this summer,

“and wishes them a safe and pleasant visit. “

The current issues of EVENTS newspaper contain a major display from the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership in several languages explaining local rules of the road.