North MSP and road safety campaigner David Stewart has called for the HGV speed limit to be increased to 50mph on the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road following the success of a pilot project on the A9.
His call comes after the introduction of such a pilot and the introduction of average speed cameras on the A9 have shown they have reduced fatalities and road collision injuries.
The Highlands and Islands MSP said “Average speed cameras were introduced at the same time as the HGV speed was increased on the A9 as a pilot in 2014.
“As it now seems that both elements of this road safety issue have been successful, I wrote to the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf asking if he will seriously consider the increase in speed of HGV’s for the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen.
“This route will be dualled by 2030. However, in the meantime, such an increase would reduce frustration, improve driver behaviour and reduce road casualties.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “There are no current plans to increase the HGV speed limit on the A96, or any other trunk road. This will be re-examined once evidence becomes available.”