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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04645: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on Police Scotland plans to offer speed awareness courses to people caught driving just above the speed limit, instead of imposing fines or penalty points.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 November 2016

The Scottish Government supports the general principle of driver education as an alternative to prosecution, where this is appropriate and is committed through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 to consider if a Speed Awareness Course would make an effective contribution to road safety measures in Scotland.

Police Scotland are currently working with key road safety partners to develop potential options for the introduction of these courses. Partners include the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as the approval of the Lord Advocate would be required before a speed awareness course could be introduced in Scotland.