MOTORISTS could be asked to drive 10mph slower to protect the environment and stay safe in extreme weather.

Former transport minister Stewart Stevenson has asked ministers to urge people to drive more slowly.

His successor Keith Brown and Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse will meet to discuss how this could help with their harmful emissions targets, which have been missed two years in a row.

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In response to Mr Stevenson, Mr Wheelhouse told MSPs: "Reducing speed will have a benefit of reducing emissions. We are enabling people to become responsible drivers, reducing emissions, through not only speed control but measures like gear selection."