13 April 2019

The equivalent of one police car breaks down almost every day on patrol in Scotland amid Police Scotland's funding crisis, Scottish Labour can reveal.

Last year, 349 police cars broke down whilst patrolling Scotland's streets - an increase of 100 on the previous year.

The problems in Police Scotland's fleet come amid the force saying they are spending less than a third of what is required to maintain the fleet because of lack of capital funding from the Scottish government.

Scottish Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, Daniel Johnson MSP, said:

"No wonder criminals fancy their chances in Sturgeon's Scotland when the police are driving clapped out bangers.

"A police car is breaking down patrolling Scotland's streets almost every day, and it is a problem that is getting worse.

"Police Scotland is getting nowhere near the level of funding it needs to maintain a modern fleet.

"You can't keep communities safe on the cheap and in government Labour will give our police the resources they need to look for criminals, not the nearest mechanic."


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