Follow the rules Oban Police urge travellers

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Oban police are once again asking people from tier four areas not to travel into Argyll and Bute after issuing 10 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to individuals breaching Covid-19 guidance over the weekend.

Under the current guidance, it is not permitted to travel from a tier four area to tier two for anything but essential purposes, but Police Scotland told the Oban Times on Monday that six FPNs were issued to people travelling from a tier four area into the Oban area to attend a house party, with another four individuals also receiving penalties for travelling into the Oban area, from a higher tier district, in one vehicle.

Inspector Mark Stephen, Oban Police Office, said: ‘We are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

‘The policing approach we adopted from the outset of the pandemic will not change. Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance, and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort where there is a clear breach of the legislation.

‘The Chief Constable has said publicly on numerous occasions that we will not be routinely stopping vehicles or setting up road blocks, and that will not change as a result of travel restrictions now being in law.

‘However, officers may in the course of their duties come across people who are travelling from one local authority area to another. In areas where travel restrictions apply, officers will continue to use the common sense, discretion and excellent judgement that they have applied since the crisis began.’

A post on the Oban Police Twitter page on Monday stated that the unit had been ‘disappointed to note that 10 FPN tickets were issued over the weekend’ and underlined their message by using the hashtag #FollowTheRules.

FPNs for all areas in Scotland are issued on the Police Scotland on Friday afternoons for the previous week. They can be found at: www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/covid-19-police-scotland-response/enforcement-and-response-data