Join the debate - should council sell its exclusive numberplate?

Council Leader Bob Constable with the battery-powered Nissan Leaf.

Council Leader Bob Constable with the battery-powered Nissan Leaf.

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The unveiling of Midlothian Council’s new ‘cost effective’ official car has sparked calls for its exclusive numberplate to be sold to raise public funds.

The ‘SY0’ plate is believed to be worth around £50,000.

The council hopes to cut its carbon footprint with the introduction of its first electric vehicle for official visits – a brand new Nissan Leaf.

Yet the economical runaround, which costs just 2p a mile to drive, is registered to a plate estimated to be worth double its price.

Midlothian MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) believes that in hard financial times such as these, the council should cash in on the asset.

Do you agree that the number plate should be sold to raise funds? Take part in our poll, right, and add your comments below.

Read full story in the October 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.