Police Scotland is to close the Angus garage that services and maintains its fleet of police vehicles in the county.
The garage, attached to Forfar Police Station, will close in March, with work moved to the police garage at Baluniefield in Dundee.
The decision follows a review of the police fleet service throughout Scotland. It will mean a police mechanic also transferring from Forfar to Dundee.
It will also affect taxi drivers in Angus, who currently have their annual vehicle check carried out at the garage.
Angus Council does not have an alternative facility for this check and is in discussions with Dundee City Council about transferring this work to Dundee.
Drivers were told last month in a letter from the council’s head of legal, Shona Hunter.
Drivers, who pay a fee to Angus Council for the check to be carried out, are angry they were not consulted.
Tommy Stewart, who has driven taxis in Montrose since 1991, said: “Drivers are unhappy because it’s three hours out of our working day an hour there, an hour back and an hour for the test. We’ll have to spend more on fuel as well.”
All taxis are required to undergo an annual check of their roadworthiness.
An Angus Council spokesman said: “We have not yet agreed the charge for testing vehicles with Dundee, although we do not foresee the inspection charges increasing.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman confirmed “discussions are ongoing”.