Drive carefully, or lose your vehicle!

Tayside Division police in have warned drivers that if they take liberties on the road they could well see their vehicle being taken from them.

Police Scotland have stressed that they will not tolerate irresponsible or anti-social driving and will take action where it is detected. Such behaviour causes alarm, distress and annoyance to the public and can also result in serious incidents.

In recognition of this, officers in Angus, like others across the country, enforce legislation that allows them to take a vehicle off the road.

The Antisocial Behaviour Scotland Act 2004 and The Police (Retention and Disposal of Motor Vehicles (Scotland) Regulations 2005 empowered the police to seize and retain motor vehicles.

And it was in Angus, as part of the former Tayside Police, that the first vehicle in Scotland was seized. The legislation allows a police officer to issue a warning to an offending motorist and the warning is recorded against both the driver and the vehicle for one year. If, at any time during that year, the driver or vehicle or comes to the attention of the police for any other similar type behaviour the vehicle can be seized and impounded.

A person whose motor vehicle is seized must, in order to reclaim the vehicle, provide proof of ownership and pay a minimum charge of £105 before it can be released. If it is not reclaimed in 14 days, it may be disposed of.

The legislation enables the police to act immediately and effectively with the antisocial use of motor vehicles and where a motor vehicle is being used inconsiderately.

Anyone who has a complaint or concerns about this type of driver behaviour should not suffer in silence and should call Police Scotland on 101, or speak to any officer. Please provide as much information as you can, including the make, model and registration number of the vehicle and a description of those within.