“The SNP members today had a chance to stand up for their communities, but instead took the cowardly way out to ensure they didn’t upset Alex Salmond.
“This is a damaging decision, and one that we will soon see is a mistake.
“Courts already over-burdened with work will have to take on even more cases, and that will risk lengthy delays to sensitive and significant cases.
“Witnesses and victims who find themselves involved in the justice system through no fault of their own will also be inconvenienced by longer and more awkward journeys.
“This decision proves the Scottish Government isn’t serious about crime, and is yet more evidence of its soft-touch agenda.”
More top news
Inspectors have surveyed almost two thousand miles of roads across the region to identify the damage.
Air strikes in Syria - and challenges for the parties ahead of the local elections
Peter Morrison had been sending text messages and driving at excessive speeds in rain and wind before the crash near Tebay in February 2016.