The deputy mayor responsible for transport in Leicester has apologised for failing to make sure his car was taxed and had an MOT.
Councillor Adam Clarke said a ‘simple oversight’ meant he did not keep up to date with paperwork for his 2015 Black Vauxhall vehicle which he was driving in the city on Monday.
The Labour deputy mayor, who is an enthusiastic promoter of cycling and walking as means of getting about the city, was exposed by the Guido Fawkes political website after it was sent pictures of Coun Clarke’s car purporting to show it parked illegally – which the councillor refutes.
Coun Clarke got an MOT certificate for the car yesterday, after he was contacted by Guido reporters.
The Aylestone ward representative told LeicestershireLive: “I only received an annual MOT reminder from the dealership last Friday and booked the car in to a local garage subsequently.
“Clearly, there has been some discrepancy on the dates on their part.
“The reminder has always been my prompt to get the car MOTed and taxed.
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“This was a simple oversight for which I am sorry.
“There’s hardly a household in the land that hasn’t missed a due date for an MOT or tax renewal.
“As soon as this was realised, it was rectified.”
He said he was not illegally parked, as Guido reported.
Lib Dem opposition city councillor Nigel Porter said: “He’s lucky. A lot of people who drive without tax or an MOT find themselves in front of the magistrates and end up with points on their licence and a fine.
“It’s not a very good example for a Labour deputy mayor to be setting – especially the one who is in charge of the city’s transport policy.”
Deputy chairman of the Leicester Conservatives Rhys Brown said: “This latest revelation shows that Adam Clarke is not fit to look after his own transport, never mind the transportation of the entire city.”