Motorists caught speeding in Scotland could be let off with a written warning rather than be given a fine and penalty points on their licence.
A proposal from Police Scotland has been sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. It recommends that drivers who break the limit in a 20mph or 30mph area could be given a warning. If they weren’t caught speeding again in the following three months, they would face no further action.
Furthermore, the warnings would not be considered as criminal convictions and would not have to be declared to insurance companies.
Only motorists stopped by police officers could be given a warning, according to the proposal. Motorists caught by speed cameras would continue to be dealt with in the same way they are now.
“This will benefit the authorities so they can focus on the most serious cases,” Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, said.
The new system could be brought in as soon as the end of this year, and could potentially benefit up to 18,000 motorists a year according to Police Scotland estimates.
Police Scotland also wants to introduce the option of speed awareness courses at some point in the future as well.
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