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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01156: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 30 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce speed awareness courses for drivers who have been detected breaking the speed limit.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 July 2016

The Scottish Government supports the general principle of driver education as an alternative to prosecution, where this is appropriate. At present, prosecutors may offer diversion from prosecution courses in relation to careless driving, but there is no equivalent diversion scheme in relation to speeding.

Partners on the Road Safety Framework Strategic Partnership Board have been considering this collectively and Police Scotland are currently undertaking an exercise to identify the practical steps that would be required to introduce a speed awareness course in Scotland and report back to the board. Ultimately, the introduction of any such course in Scotland would require the approval of the Lord Advocate.