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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05357: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that drivers who are convicted of careless and dangerous driving receive sentences that are appropriate to the severity of the crimes committed.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 14 December 2016

In any given case, sentencing is a matter for the court within the overall legal framework.

The law in relation to careless driving and dangerous driving is not devolved to Scotland and the UK Government has recently published a consultation seeking views on enhancing the powers of the court when sentencing for serious driving offences.

The Scottish Sentencing Council has included within its recently published business plan their intention to consider dangerous driving. The Council's business plan period runs until October 2018.