More than 85% of road workers have been target of verbal or physical abuse

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An north-east MSP has condemned figures that show more than 85% of roads workers have been subject to verbal or physical abuse.

The number was revealed following research carried out by Bear Scotland, which said the abuse could be experienced by workers on a daily basis.

Stewart Stevenson, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP, said: “The results of this research are truly shocking.

“The action of some motorists are truly shameful.

“No one deserves to go to work in the morning and suffer verbal or physical abuse.”

Bear Scotland’s Andy Thompson said: “There is no place for verbal or physical abuse, jumping red lights or speeding through roadworks past workers undertaking essential tasks. Everyone is entitled to respect at work.”