Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today revealed the state of Police Scotland's vehicle fleet, highlighting the example of a police car in use since 1989.
Data obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through a freedom of information request shows that:
- The oldest police vehicle was bought in 1989.
- A third of the fleet is more than five years old.
- The force has 95 cars that are more than a decade old.
Mr McArthur said:
"We've seen reports of cars held together by duct tape and cable ties and now this new data sheds more light on the state of the Police Scotland fleet.
"People will be surprised to learn that the police still own a vehicle from 1989. Maybe it is an Audi Quattro.
"Earlier this year Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that it will cost Police Scotland more than a quarter of a billion pounds to maintain the crumbling police estate over the next ten years. However, it is not just buildings that are under strain.
“Officers and staff do a fantastic job keeping our communities safe in often tough circumstances but the SNP’s botched centralisation continues to undermine their efforts as projected savings have not been realised. It is the SNP Government's responsibility to ensure that they can afford the kit they need.
"It's right that usage of police resources is maximised but this must not be allowed to impede on operational efficiency."