Speed awareness courses mooted for Scotland Speed awareness courses mooted for Scotland

Scottish motorists convicted of a speeding offence could avoid penalty points by agreeing to take a Speed Awareness Course if new plans come to fruition.

The Scotsman reported that the Lord Advocate James Wolffe has called for the introduction of SACs in Scotland – which would bring the country into line with England and Wales – and that a working group involving the Crown Office will now consider the proposal.

“We have been calling for this for many years,” Neil Greig, Policy Director for the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division, said.  “There’s no reason we should not have SACs in Scotland, when they have been such a big success in England.”

A Crown Office submission to the Scottish Parliament’s public petitions committee noted: “These proposals have been considered carefully by the Lord Advocate, who has agreed in principle to SACs as an alternative to prosecution in appropriate cases.  This is subject to approval of the specific arrangements which are to be put in place.  A multi-agency working group will devise the necessary infrastructure and guidance required to support the introduction of SACs in Scotland.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland, which along with Transport Scotland will also be part of the working group, added: “We have received approval in principle to commence work to introduce SACs to Scotland.  Once this has been completed and approved by the Lord Advocate we will be able to consider implementation.”

Speed Awareness Courses have operated south of the border for around ten years.  They typically cost around £100 and last for about four hours.