Date lodged: 16 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government who is responsible for the removal from (a) trunk and (b) other roads of killed wildlife, and whether it plans to review this.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 September 2017
Transport Scotland has contracts in place with its Operating Companies to ensure Scottish trunk roads remain safe, efficient and well managed. The Operating Companies are responsible for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network under five separate contracts across Scotland, with local authorities being responsible for local roads.
As part of their responsibilities, the Operating Companies are contractually required to remove all dead animals from the trunk road network. They are also required to dispose of the carcass of any non-domestic animal in accordance with the requirements of the relevant local authority. This excludes any DBFO or PPP contracts, which have separate management and maintenance contracts in place and currently account for a further 270km of road length.
Transport Scotland is currently developing the requirements for the next generation of Operating Company contracts, which are due for renewal in 2020. As part of this process, existing contractual requirements, including those for the removal of dead animals will be reviewed, however the responsibility for their removal from trunk roads will remain a contractual obligation to be fulfilled by the Operating Companies under the new contracts.