POLICE Scotland has admitted it spent more than £1 million last year on repairing force vehicles damaged in accidents.
The bill for such repairs was 60 per cent over budget in the first year of the single all-Scotland police force.
And its transport budget overall saw a £2 million overspend.
Now senior officers are said to be determined to squeeze extra cash out of the insurers of motorists who cause damage to police vehicles.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We have tightened and improved our processes to ensure that we pursue third-party claims where accidents were not our fault.
“The money recovered will be put into our accident damage budget.”
The force spent more than £27 million on transport, up £2 million on the set budget.
Its fuel bill soared despite falling fuel prices because of a five per cent increase in car use. Being part of a national force has meant more travel for some officers.
And there was a 17 per cent overspend on maintenance after the force failed to meet its target of reducing the car fleet by ten per cent.