Licensing rules for imported vehicles are being reviewed in Glasgow


Cllr Alex Wilson, SNP, chairman of the city’s licensing committee, told Qomandan Sadat that Glasgow has a policy of not accepting vehicles from abroad because “we don’t know the vehicle history”.

He said the driver’s imported car could not drive in the city – and he would have to either purchase another vehicle or apply to work in another council area.

Mr Sadat complained that he does not have the money to buy another car, claiming that licensing authorities said his vehicle would be accepted.

Cllr Wilson said he had asked officials to review the policy on imported vehicles but could not guarantee changes would be made in time for Mr Sadat’s application.

The commission agreed to pursue the case so the driver had a chance to find a replacement vehicle. Mr Sadat said other local authorities are accepting imported cars, adding: “I spent money, so now I have no money left to buy another car.”

In response, Cllr Wilson said: “Regarding your vehicle, Glasgow has a policy whereby we do not accept imported vehicles. That is something that should be looked at. In the meantime, we cannot accept your vehicle as one that can drive in Glasgow.”

He added: “The reason we do not accept imported vehicles is that we do not know the vehicle history and that is the problem. I think we can look at it in terms of a long-term policy change, but our policy at the moment is stricter than that of other local authorities.

“It doesn’t matter what Edinburgh, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire is and what they do. They clearly don’t have the same guidelines as Glasgow.”

The driver, who claimed he had been told over the phone that the car would be accepted, suggested the council reimburse him for any money lost.

Cllr Wilson said the council has “no money that would allow us to actually do that. Right now we are looking at an imported vehicle for which we do not know the full history,” he added.

“I understand that this vehicle may have undergone an MOT test, it may have undergone many maintenance checks, it may have a full service history, it may be a brand new vehicle.

“But at the moment Glasgow does not have a policy where we can accept that vehicle. That policy may change in the future. That won’t really be useful to you today.

“You have two options: you go to work for one of the other local authorities, or you take a replacement vehicle.”

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