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The standard of road safety education following the establishment of Police Scotland will be discussed this week by Aberdeenshire council.

Members of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee will hear that changes to partnership working arrangements are putting some at risk.

The discussion will focus on wither or not the formation of Police Scotland and the subsequent reduction in Police Road Safety Advisors in the North east, has led to an increase in road accidents.

Currently only two officers in the region hold the post, compared to ten just three years ago, since Police Scotland’s Strategic Police Plan (PSSPP) has taken effect.

Councillors will hear that the PSSPP makes no provision for the continuation of a road safety partnership which used to exist between the council and the now defunct Grampian Police.

A council spokesman said: “Since the late 1980s road safety education was delivered in the main by the police in partnership with local authorities, though councils in some other parts of Scotland took the lead, providing staff and funding.”

Initial work to determine how to bridge the gap in road safety education estimates £200,000 a year would be needed to provide a similar level of service to communities, finance which is not provided for in the council’s budget.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “There is currently no provision for this level of expenditure in the council’s approved budget. In the past this was very much a partnership approach, ...so it stands to reason that the withdrawal of participation by one of

the significant partners would have an effect.”

Infrastructure Services Director, Stephen Archer, said: “The continued role of Police Scotland on road safety education is a matter of ongoing uncertainty and we’d welcome progress on this.”