Motorists face inflation-busting cost increases when police remove cars
Scots motorists face inflation-busting hikes of up to 25 per cent in the cost of having their vehicles removed by police if they’ve broken down or been involved in accident. Plans for the hikes have been unveiled by ministers which would see the lowest current removal fee of £150 rise to £190. Motors in more awkward situations to recover, such as after accidents, could see costs rise from £300 to £380. Ministers say there hasn’t been a rise in ten years – but admit it is unclear to what extent operators’ costs have risen.
Plan for stalking victims to be given more protection in Scotland
Victims of stalking would be given more protection under plans unveiled by a backbench SNP MSP. Mairi Gougeon is bringing forward a members’ bill to Holyrood that would, if passed, introduce new stalking protection orders. While people can currently go to the civil courts to have a non-harassment order taken out against a stalker, under her proposals the police could apply for a stalking protection order. There were 1372 recorded cases of stalking in 2016-17, according to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, more than double the total of 605 there were in 2012-13. But the latest survey found less than a fifth (18.9%) had reported the most recent incident of stalking to the police.
MSP pushes for new protections to help victims of stalking
New protections for victims of stalking will be considered under legislation set to be introduced to Holyrood. SNP MSP Mairi Gougeon is bringing forward a members’ bill to help tackle the “incredibly serious crime”. The move would allow the police to apply for a stalking protection order – instead of forcing victims to take legal action through the civil court. There were 1,372 recorded cases of stalking in 2016/17, according to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, more than double the total of 605 in 2012/13.
Rural crime prevention event at Dingwall Mart
Police and partner agencies will be offering advice on how to prevent rural crime at a day-long event being held at Dingwall Mart this Wednesday, May 16. Officers from various teams within the Highlands and Islands Division – road policing, preventions and interventions, and wildlife crime – will be present to discuss crime prevention in rural areas, joined by representatives from the National Farmers Union, CESAR (Construction Equipment Security and Registration) and I-sight CCTV offering rural security advice.
Launch of new website to tackle prejudice and discrimination
A new hate crime national portal has launched in Scotland. ‘Action On Prejudice’ from YouthLink Scotland is aimed at young people and those who work with them. It provides a virtual one-stop shop of where to get help, and how they can respond to a wide range of prejudice and discrimination. It covers everything from race, sexuality, gender identity, disabilities and religion – and is the first national portal of its kind in the UK. The groups at the launch included Fife Centre for Equality.
Drivers facing ‘sneaky’ tax hike from Scottish Government
Ministers have suggested an increase in the standard removal charge from £150 to £190 for vehicles that are shifted by police and councils. That includes those that have been involved in a collision regardless of fault, are illegally parked or have broken down. The Scottish Conservatives described it as “yet another sneaky hike” on drivers by the SNP. Jamie Greene MSP, the Tories’ transport spokesman said: “It’s already incredibly expensive for drivers to get their car back from police. “This inflation-busting increase is further evidence of the SNP Government’s anti-car agenda and more backdoor taxation.”