Crackdown on unlicensed car sellers

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Trading Standards and the Northern Constabulary have announced that they will be enforcing a crackdown on unlicensed car sellers in the Western Isles.

A spokesperson for Trading Standards said: “We have received complaints from both traders and residents, particularly in the Bayhead area of Stornoway, regarding the number of vehicles displayed for sale by the roadside.

“We have been monitoring the situation and will now be contacting sellers and reminding them that anyone who flouts the law by masquerading as a private seller is clearly breaking the law and will be dealt with accordingly.”

Sgt George Murray from the Northern Constabulary said: “Selling second hand vehicles as a business is an activity that requires to be licensed under the terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. Sellers will be pursued in order to ensure compliance with this legislation.”

Councillor Charlie Nicolson, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, added: “Bayhead Street in Stornoway will shortly have a traffic order in place which will only allow a maximum eight-hour stay in any 24-hour period. This will go a long way towards easing the parking situation for businesses, their customers and Bayhead residents alike.”