Motorists who are caught speeding in Scotland would pay to attend a course, which would be an alternative to prosecution. Completing the ‘speeding awareness’ session would mean they avoid the automatic three-point penalty on their licence and mandatory £100 fine.
The move comes as new figures show that around 80,000 motorists a year are being caught speeding on Scotland’s roads and motorways, while the number of charges risen steadily over time.
In 2012/13, there were nearly 65,000 cases, rising to 68,600 the following year and almost 73,000 by 2015/16. A year later the number enforced by police rose to 74,582, and there were just over 43,000 cases in the first half of 2017/18.
In a joint statement, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and Police Scotland said: "The Lord Advocate granted permission to Police Scotland to commence scoping work on the possible introduction of speed awareness courses as an alternative to prosecution for speeding in Scotland.
"Police Scotland's scoping exercise was delayed pending the findings of the Department for Transports evaluation into the impact of the National Speed Awareness Course in England and Wales which was published in May 2018."
The statement said Police Scotland had now concluded its "scoping work" and submitted proposals to the COPFS.
It added: "These proposals are in the process of being considered carefully by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service before a final decision is made on the introduction of speed awareness courses."
Commenting on this Des Morrison, Director of Police Contracts at DriveTech, said: "We would wholeheartedly support this move. Our experience and consumer feedback delivering speed awareness courses elsewhere across the UK attracts wholehearted support for educational interventions as a constructive alternative to penalty points and fine punishment. As referenced in the COPFS considerations, the DfT MORI research published earlier this year indicates a truly positive impact of these courses on the behaviour of motorists and a reduction in re-offending".