South Scotland

Peebles primary speed patrol pulls over school bus

20mph signs
Image caption Twenty's Plenty signs have recently gone up outside the school

Police patrolling a new speed limit outside a Scottish Borders primary pulled over a school bus.

Twenty's Plenty signs have recently been installed on the A72 outside Kingsland Primary in Peebles after a campaign by concerned parents.

Traffic police set up a hand-held speed trap near the school gates on Monday.

The first vehicle they pulled over for allegedly breaking the limit was a bus carrying pupils on its way to nearby Peebles High School.

Insp Richard Latto, from the Police Scotland road policing unit, confirmed the driver had been charged.

He said: "A 57-year-old man was charged with an alleged driving offence after police stopped a school bus on the A72 at 08:45 on Monday.

"Road policing officers continue to monitor all arterial routes across the region to keep people motorists, passengers and pedestrians safe.

"This enforcement activity includes targeting busy routes in the vicinity of local schools in the mornings and afternoons."

Meeting held

Transport and education officials at Scottish Borders Council have been made aware of the incident.

A meeting has been held with the bus company.

A spokesman for the local authority said checks had shown that the bus was being operated by a driver new to the route.

"The matter has been discussed with the operator and they have been advised to remind their drivers to adhere to the road traffic laws, including speed limits, at all times," he said.

"We would also normally bring any driver in for an interview, if he reaches six penalty points, to assess his suitability for undertaking schools contracts.

"We will ask the bus company to keep us informed of the driver's points total so that we can take action as appropriate."

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