MOTORISTS in the region are being warned they could have their vehicle seized – if they are caught driving in an antisocial manner.

The alert comes as part of a new initiative by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team and Police Scotland to clamp down on revving cars, screeching tyres and loud music.

Legislation means a vehicle can be taken immediately by the police – with the owner liable for the recovery and storage costs.

Police Scotland have already been carrying out regular checks around the Borders. And the Safer Communities Team will be providing information to schools and colleges on how drivers can stay on the right side of the law.

The group will also be encouraging young motorists to sign up for the Drivewise safety scheme to help them improve their skills.

Councillor George Turnbull, SBC’s executive member for community safety said: “I am pleased that both the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team and Police Scotland are working together on this issue.

“Driving in the Borders can be an enjoyable experience in our stunning scenery and attractive towns but motorists have to act responsibility to ensure they keep themselves and others safe. This campaign aims to remind them of these responsibilities.

“As well as taking the advice of this campaign, I would encourage drivers of all ages to take part in the successful Drivewise scheme, to help keep our roads as safe as possible.”

The Drivewise initiative also offers basic tuition for under 17s and over 65 refresher sessions, with the course fee fully refunded on completion. Richard Latto, Borders road policing inspector, added: “We are working closely with the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team to promote safe and responsible driving practices and to educate all motorists, whatever their age, to behave appropriately behind the wheel.

“However, young drivers are vulnerable because of their age and lack of experience.

“Indeed, they are the most likely group of road users to be killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“So pro-active engagement with our young drivers is vital.

“This activity will continue in towns in the region where young drivers are known to frequent.

“We aim to encourage young drivers to improve their skills by taking advantage of the advanced driver schemes on offer and to act responsibly behind the wheel.

“Tackling antisocial driving is a priority for Police Scotland in the Borders.

“Not only is antisocial driving a nuisance to local residents, it can be potentially very dangerous for road users and the motorists involved.”

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