The number of people killed on Scotland’s roads in 2023 compared to the previous year has dropped but there was an overall increase in the total number of casualties, according to new figures.

The provisional data release by Transport Scotland revealed 155 were killed in reported road collisions in Scotland in 2023, 16 fewer than in 2022.

However, the figures also show that the total number of casualties rose by three per cent between 2022 and 2023 (from 5,630 to 5,788), and the number of people seriously injured rose by nine per cent (from 1,778 to 1,930).

Despite the overall drop in fatalities in 2023, the number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities increased compared with 2022. Pedestrian fatalities increased from 34 to 47 and cycling fatalities increased from two to seven.