Stop stalling over speeding courses says Central Scotland MSP

MSP Margaret Mitchell wants speed awareness courses for drivers introduced in Scotland
MSP Margaret Mitchell wants speed awareness courses for drivers introduced in Scotland

An MSP has accused the Scottish government of stalling on bringing in courses that could prevent drivers from being banned for minor offences.

Central Scotland MSP Margaret Mitchell says Holyrood administration has been asked three times since 2011 to introduce speed awareness courses in Scotland to no avail.

The courses are an alternative to accruing points on driving licences, which could lead to a ban, but Scotland is the only area of the UK that doesn’t offer them.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland they have been seen as improving driving standards and Mrs Mitchell wants them introduced here.

She said: ““While the SNP government continue to stall on this issue, Scottish drivers are being given a raw deal compared to the rest of the UK.

“The main advantage of these courses is that they improve driving standards, so it is deeply concerning that they’re not available in Scotland. “In rural areas it would be a huge benefit for drivers to take the course rather than receive penalty points.”

In response to the latest call, Transport Minister Derek Mackay said the Scottish Government supported the “general principle” of driver education courses, adding: “The introduction of any such speed awareness courses in Scotland would require a robust evidence base and the approval of the Lord Advocate.”