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North-east MSP raises fears over untaxed cars; TRANSPORT.

An Aberdeen MSP has raised fears that dangerous untaxed and uninsured vehicles are being driven on the city's roads - due to there not being enough enforcement from transport bosses.

Aberdeen Donside independent Mark McDonald has written to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after it emerged their contractors, NSL Services Ltd, had last visited Aberdeen in October - meaning untaxed vehicles are not being taken off the road.

To make matters worse for the MSP, the nearest car pound is in Edinburgh.

He had received complaints from constituents about untaxed vehicles being seemingly abandoned on residential streets.

Last night Mr McDonald said: "It is unfathomable that NSL Services Ltd, contracted by the DVLA, last visited Aberdeen in October 2018 and despite being aware of ongoing issues in the city, cannot advise when they will next be operating in the area.

"NSL Services Ltd have only two vehicle pounds in Scotland which are both in the central belt. The Edinburgh facility is reportedly responsible for enforcing the Aberdeen area, but with only five enforcement officers and three removal drivers, it would appear to be drastically under-equipped.

"Provision in the Aberdeen area needs to be much more robust to protect law-abiding drivers" The DVLA did not respond to a request for comment.

"Provision in the Aberdeen area needs to be much more robust"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Jul 13, 2019
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