Drivers get green light at motorway services

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DRIVERS will no longer face prosecution for going through a no entry sign at a motorway services area in Bothwell.

Police have confirmed the sign is not ‘regulated’ and motorists who use the services road as a shortcut will not risk a fine and penalty points on their licence.

The situation was finally cleared up after Central Scotland MSP Margaret Mitchell demanded a ‘definitive’ answer on whether or not drivers were breaking the law by ignoring the no entry sign at the services in Fallside Road, Bothwell.

Mrs Mitchell sought clarification and has now been given it in a letter from district procurator fiscal Jennifer Harrower who wrote: “Strathclyde Police have confirmed the sign is not regulated by a local traffic order and, accordingly, no offence is committed by failing to comply with it.

“The police have also advised that no further reports will be submitted in relation to any allegation of failing to comply with the sign.”

Mrs Mitchell, who lives in Bothwell, said the services road is a popular short cut which takes traffic away from the centre of Bothwell.

She added: “The situation was ambiguous and this is a sensible decision by the police and procurator fiscal which finally clarifies the position.”

Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker.