Weather warning categories

Police Scotland, working in partnership with Transport Scotland, has developed a severe weather information strategy to warn and inform road users when significant disruption to the road network is expected during extreme weather.

The advice and information service will commence when severe weather is forecast within Scotland by the Met Office. Forecast information will be provided in advance and during of any severe weather event.

The travel advice will relate to four specific stages, detailed below, which will be adopted depending on the severity of the weather (the stage 1 - 4 numbering system is no longer in use).

Police Scotland will also issue information on social media channels and to the media via a media release.

TRAVEL WITH CAUTION

Police Scotland is advising that the Met Office has issued (a Yellow / Amber / Red weather warning - dependent on notification level) and that conditions for travel in the (XX areas) may be hazardous and EXTRA CAUTION should be exercised.

If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland. Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information.

HIGH RISK OF DISRUPTION

Police Scotland is advising drivers that the Met Office has issued (a Yellow / Amber / Red weather warning - dependent on notification level) and there is a HIGH RISK OF DISRUPTION FOR ROAD JOURNEYS in the (XX areas). If you do travel, you are likely to experience significant delays.

Congestion caused by all vehicles may restrict the emergency services, recovery vehicles, gritters and snowploughs from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.

Drivers of Goods Vehicles and Buses should drive with extreme caution and be aware that you may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police.
Winter driving is a question of common sense and all drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.

If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information.

AVOID TRAVEL ON THE ROADS
 
Police Scotland is advising drivers that the Met Office has issued (a Yellow / Amber / Red weather warning - dependent on notification level) and that the general public should AVOID TRAVEL ON THE ROADS in the (XX areas). If you do travel, you will experience severe delays of several hours or more. Conditions for travel are extremely dangerous, you should avoid the specified road(s) and if you do travel you will experience severe disruption.
 
Congestion caused by vehicles may restrict emergency services, recovery vehicles, gritters and snowploughs from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.

All drivers, but specifically drivers of Goods Vehicles and Buses must assess how essential their journey is and reconsider the safety of continuing with operations during this extreme weather. Where necessary advice should be sought from Operational Managers/Supervisors before beginning or continuing with journeys. Always consider the consequences of driving in such conditions having been warned to avoid travel.

Winter driving is a question of common sense and all drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth considering making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.

If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information.

HIGH WINDS - TRAVEL WITH CAUTION - VULNERABLE VEHICLES

Police Scotland is advising that the Met Office has issued (a Yellow / Amber / Red weather warning - dependent on notification level) and that conditions for travel in the (XX areas) may be hazardous due to high winds and EXTRA CAUTION should be exercised.

If you are driving a vehicle which may be vulnerable to being blown over in such conditions along exposed routes including bridges, please exercise additional caution and plan your route to avoid exposed areas or consider cancelling your journey until conditions improve.

Previous incidents have clearly shown the dangers of driving vehicles vulnerable to being blown over in high wind conditions and the subsequent danger created for other road users, emergency services and recovery operatives where incidents have occurred due to drivers ignoring warnings.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com