Justice Secretary advises North MSP that Police have powers to deal with inappropriate driving (Slow vehicles failing to pull over)
June 14, 2013
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart has revealed that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, has replied to a Parliamentary Question he tabled in relation to what action could be taken with regards to the drivers of slow moving vehicles that fail to pull over, causing frustration to other road users and following traffic.
Speaking today David Stewart said, ” I am aware that if road users or members of the public wish to complain about the drivers of vehicles who drive in a careless or inconsiderate manner, then Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 gives the Police powers to deal appropriately with such drivers if there is sufficient evidence.
“However, I wanted to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to make sure that this legislation was still appropriate for Police Officers to use, should they decide to take pro-active action when they come across or are made aware of such offences.
“In his reply to me, Kenny MacAskill, The Cabinet Secretary for Justice said ‘Driving behaviour which can be construed as increasing the risk of a collision is dealt with under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 3.
‘This Act caters for offences of driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road. Police Officers who detect or respond to a report of a slow driver will deal with each report as they deem appropriate’ “
David Stewart MSP is not wanting drivers of slower vehicles to be targeted, but wants to educate drivers of such vehicles that the build up of vehicles behind them, causes frustration and they should pull over and let following traffic pass.
David Stewart concluded, ” I have written to Police Scotland to ask if they have plans to take proactive action against such drivers”.