Scotland: fixed penalty notices for road traffic offences

Closed 8 May 2018

Opened 27 Mar 2018


Much of the law on the prosecution and punishment of road traffic offences is contained in the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 ("the Act"), which extends to Scotland, England, and Wales. However, that does not mean that road traffic law is the same across the whole of the United Kingdom. This consultation is about one part of road traffic law where there is a difference between the law in Scotland, and the law in England and Wales. 

In terms of the Scotland Act 1998, the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 is a reserved matter: This means that, in general, the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate on it or amend it, and any suc

Why your views matter

This proposed change to road traffic law will require legislation to amend section 54 of the Act, which allows fixed penalty notices to be issued on-the-spot to suspected offenders of minor road traffic offences, so that it also applies to Scotland. Having considered the Scottish Government’s request, the Department for Transport is inviting you to comment on whether you agree with the proposal.


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