Concern as cop car chase crashes triple in four years
of policy and research at the Institute of Advance Drivers, said police needed to review driver training and pursuit guidelines.
The police chase of a stolen car was partially blamed for a crash that injured people in Holytown, Lanarkshire. The incident in July 2017 led to those hurt needing hospital treatment.
The two officers in the car had twice been told by control room staff that their pursuit of the stolen car was not authorised.
During the chase, the stolen vehicle collided with a parked car before striking another vehicle.
An investigation by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner said the police car had contributed to the crash.
They gave Police Scotland several recommendations on vehicle pursuits to prevent a similar accident happening again.
Police Scotland say all their off icers must complete a driver training course before being allowed on the road.
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor added: “Our fleet travels more than 70million miles across Scotland every year.
“The figures contained within the FOI refer to police vehicles driven by officers as well as hire vehicles used by staff. They include collisions caused by other drivers.
“A collision can vary from a serious road traffic collision to minor vehicle damage.
“Where we believe a road traffic offence has occurred, we investigate the circumstances and take appropriate action.”