The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Policing Committee on 24th October discussed a paper presented by Police Scotland on Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders
(TTROs). This particular report has generated some interest on the potential impact on how traffic is managed at pre-planned events and this is an update on the Committee's discussions and next steps.
In presenting the paper, Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins stressed that Police Scotland would continue to police events and clarified any misleading perceptions that there would be an overnight change in policy. He also stressed the Police Scotland view that that there remain legal and practical challenges around TTRO's that must be addressed and cannot be left to an open-ended timescale. He reassured Authority members of Police Scotland's commitment to further engage on the implications for events across Scotland with partners. He also cited examples of good local practice in Scotland where solutions had already been found.
From the discussion:
• SPA members stressed the importance of early consultation and engagement on potentially complex public interest issues of this nature.
• Police Scotland will engage directly with Scottish Government to reach a shared understanding on the legal position.
• SPA members encouraged Police Scotland to engage with COSLA, Transport Scotland and other relevant partners in adopting a multi-agency, problem-solving approach to the issue.
• It was agreed that ACC Higgins will report back to the Policing Committee in January with an update on the outcome of engagement.
The full minutes of our discussion will be published in due course.