A new report has revealed that road traffic accidents involving Scotland police, makes up more than half of police compensation payouts.

Since 2013 compensation has been paid to a range of incidents where police vehicles have hit pedestrians, parked cars, cyclists and walls.

Scotland Police claimed that that their police vehicles did 70 million miles each year in dangerous conditions.

The release of the data comes after it was revealed that Scotland Police face a six-figure compensation bid, after a M9 car crash left two people dead in 2015, after a 101 call was poorly handled.

Freedom of Information’s data showed that in total Scotland police paid £358,159, 57% of 217 compensation payments on motor-related claims.

Data revealed that a cyclist received £35,612 compensation after being hit by a police car, whilst a pedestrian received £5,582.

Spokesperson for Scotland Police said: “We have more than 3,500 vehicles which cover more than 70 million miles a year in all conditions and many of these are in high risk circumstances as our officers do their job in keeping people safe.

“All drivers have to pass a police driving test in addition to holding a full driving licence before being allowed to drive a police vehicle and all new vehicles coming on to our fleet have the highest safety ratings which includes being fitted with reversing sensors, anti-skid and electronic stability control systems.”