New law to ban laser pens being used on vehicles in Scotland

A legal ban on using lasers to target vehicles has taken a step forward.

A legal ban on using laser pens to target vehicles is a step closer in Scotland

Current laws enable prosecution for maliciously shining lasers in some situations but the new legislation would create a specific offence covering vehicles on air, land and sea.

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Those convicted could be jailed for up to five years.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf told a Holyrood committee: “There have been an increased number of reported incidents in the deliberate misuse of laser pointers with consequences which could have been fatal. A man was jailed two years ago for shining a laser pen at a police helicopter.”

He added that since 2010 there have been 171 convictions under air navigation legislation and British Transport Police have reported 85 incidents per year between 2011-2016.