Scottish only speed limits slammed

Giving Scotland the power to set its own speed limits and drink driving laws would be "plain silly", a former Scotland secretary has said.

While the Scotland Bill, which would transfer powers from Westminster to Holyrood, remains in the committee stage, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean said that the change would create problems, particularly for those living close to the border with England.

"The Highway Code is complicated enough and the rules for driving motor cars are complicated enough without having different rules for different parts of the United Kingdom so I think this is just plain silly," he said in the House of Lords.

"I cannot for the life of me see why we need to have different speed limits or different rules relating to drink driving between Scotland and England."

Lord Forsyth said those living on the border and anyone driving along roads that do not follow the geographical border would face problems.

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