‘Keep Left’ campaign aimed at rental vehicle drivers

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A new road safety campaign aimed at preventing vehicles driving on the wrong side of Highland roads has been launched.

Spearheaded by Police Scotland and Transport Scotland, the ‘drive on the left’ initiative aims to tackle driver behaviour ahead of the peak tourist season.

As part of the scheme, which is backed by Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes, leaflets, stickers and wrist bands, to be worn on the left hand of rental drivers with the text ‘Drive on the Left’, have been produced in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Hindi and Chinese and will be given out by car rental companies.

The launch, at Urquhart Castle alongside the busy A82 trunk road, comes a fortnight after two people were seriously injured after an Argentinian architect drove along the wrong side of the road near Spean Bridge and collided head-on with an oncoming car.

Ms Forbes, who attended the launch, has already supported other Highland constituents who have been campaigning on the issue as part of the ‘Keep Left’ campaign.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be launching this initiative with Police Scotland and Transport Scotland.

‘My constituent, Sharon Anslow, first launched the Keep Left campaign after she found herself in a traumatic accident.

‘Since then, we have secured the support of so many different parties. Transport Scotland and Police Scotland between them can reach so many drivers and have the best understanding of road safety of anyone.

‘This initiative, launched just as the roads are getting much busier with tourists, will make a difference.

‘It is the result of a lot of hard work by many people and I hope it will make our roads safer.’