Four years on from the M9 motorway crash in which John Yuill and Lamara Bell tragically died, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned that the current Fatal Accident Inquiry process urgently needs to be fixed and called for a full independent review of the FAI system.
An FAI for the crash has still not taken place.
Mr Rennie said:
“The agony for the families and friends of Lamara and John goes on and on. The initial event was tragic, the delays are unforgivable.
“The current FAI process urgently needs to be fixed. This should be a people-centred system, but at the moment it’s bureaucratic and slow. Families are facing agonising waits for closure.
“If these inquiries can’t lead to timely lessons learned, then what is their value?”
"Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for the Scottish Government to commission a full independent review of the system of Fatal Accident Inquiries, ten years on from the Cullen Review, to investigate and propose reforms that address the protracted timescales, structural barriers and lack of public confidence in the process, including whether the FAI system should be removed from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service."