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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22029: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce speed awareness courses for motorists.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 22 March 2019

The decision on whether or not Speed Awareness Courses should be introduced as an alternative to prosecution in Scotland is a matter for the Lord Advocate.

The Lord Advocate has agreed in principle to Police Scotland proposals to the diversion at source by Police Scotland to Speed Awareness Courses as an alternative to prosecution in appropriate cases. This agreement in principle is subject to approval of the specific arrangements which are to be put in place. A multi-agency working group, including Police Scotland, COPFS, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Scottish Government Transport officials and the Scottish Safety Camera Programme, will work together to devise the necessary infrastructure and guidance required to support the introduction of SACs in Scotland. This work will include the identification of potential course providers. The group’s conclusions will be reported to the Lord Advocate for his consideration in due course.