A Dundee car dealer whose garage was searched in a multi-agency investigation has been banned from trading.
The city’s licensing board suspended Charles Sandeman’s trading licence after deciding not to do so would pose a serious threat to public safety.
More than a dozen police officers searched vehicles at Glencross Motors last week, joined by officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Trading Standards and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Owner Sandeman, whose home was also raided, had his second-hand car dealer licence revoked after Police Scotland detailed a number of allegations including at least 133 offences relating to licence plates.
Six vehicles on the Clepington Road lot were also found to be breaching VOSA safety codes and deemed “dangerous”, the court heard.
Four vehicles were said to have had tyre treads less than the minimum allowed, while a Toyota Rav4 allegedly had seized brakes and a Nissan X-Trail was missing a wheelnut on each wheel.
At a hearing on Friday, where Sandeman had an appeal against suspension dismissed, his solicitor Kris Gilmartin said that the vehicles would have undergone checks before being driven to make sure they were in proper condition.
Mr Gilmartin said that the closure of the garage while Sandeman was banned from trading was having a “significant effect” on staff.
He said: “There will be a significant effect in the business being closed overall, and the effect on employees who would lose their jobs.
“Ultimately these are six minor defects. There were more than 100 cars that were examined by VOSA and SEPA. That is more than 400 tyres, and problems were found with four of them.”
Dundee’s licensing board will meet again to make a permanent decision on Sandeman’s licence at the end of this month.
The investigation last week lasted several hours. Police officers were seen turning away customers and carrying evidence bags and archive boxes.
They later searched Sandeman’s home on Invergowrie’s Braehead Road.
There have been no charges brought against him by Police Scotland or any of the other agencies involved.
The decision on his licence was made by councillors on the licensing board, based on information in a letter from Police Scotland detailing the issues.
Mr Gilmartin said that the issues found with vehicles on the garage forecourt had been rectified, while his client contested the other issues relating to paper work and licence plates.