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Scottish transport boss with two VW cars on the same registration plate is suspended

The boss of Scotland’s largest regional transport has been suspended after allegedly driving a “cloned” car.

Gordon Maclennan was pictured in two VW Passats with identical registration plates.

One he kept in a staff car park.


The other was at his holiday home on the Isle of Lewis.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is looking into the anomaly.

Mr Maclennan has denied any wrongdoing, telling the newspaper its claims were ‘not true’.

SPT runs the Glasgow Subway as well as subsidised bus services in and around the city.

An SPT spokesperson said:

“Mr Maclennan is now suspended while an investigation is carried out.”

The Sunday Mail published a photograph appearing to show Mr Maclennan – the SPT Chief Executive – climbing into a silver Passat on Lewis.

Another photograph showed a blue Passat with an identical registration plate outside the SPT headquarters in Glasgow.

Cloned cars could escape paying tax, insurance and MoT costs.

They can also be used to avoid fines for speeding and driving offences.

A DVLA spokesman said:

“It is a legal requirement that a vehicle registration number can only be displayed on the vehicle that has been registered to do so by the DVLA.

“Displaying the wrong registration number is an offence.”



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