Q222: What are fixed penalty notices?

Fixed penalty notices are a means for dealing with various minor public order offences and were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour Scotland Act 2004.

Police officers can issue a fixed penalty notice and a fine of £40 for the following offences:

  • Breach of the peace
  • Malicious Mischief
  • Vandalism
  • Public drunkenness
  • Being in charge of child whilst drunk in public
  • Drinking in public
  • Urinating or defecating in public
  • Refusing to leave licensed premises on being requested to do so
  • Riotous behaviour while drunk in licensed premises
  • Persisting, to annoyance of others, in playing musical instruments, singing, playing radios etc. on being required to stop

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