The SNP’s deputy leader became the latest nationalist to fall foul of driving laws after he failed to pay his car tax.
The tax on Keith Brown’s Volkswagen Passat expired at the start of this month.
Mr Brown, who was previously Scotland’s justice secretary, said it was an “honest mistake”.
It comes after SNP leader Humza Yousaf was slapped with a fine for driving without insurance in 2016 when he was Scottish transport minister, which he also said was an “honest mistake”.
Tory MSP Sue Webber told The Telegraph: “The SNP’s deputy has embarrassingly followed in the footsteps of his leader Humza Yousaf by not keeping his car affairs in order.
“Given they were also both justice secretaries, they should have been more mindful of making sure they were legally allowed to travel across Scotland.
“I’m confident Keith Brown will quickly rectify this lapse, which may have resulted from him being distracted by the scandal and civil war engulfing his party.”
The oversight emerged after he emailed a party administrator to confirm his attendance at an SNP “away day” at Edinburgh Napier University on September 1.
Mr Brown confirmed he planned to drive to the event and provided his registration number for a parking space, but online checks showed the vehicle was untaxed.
The nationalist politician would also face a fine if he drove his 11-year-old diesel car into any of Scotland’s SNP-backed low emission zones (LEZs), which prevent the most polluting vehicles within an area, because it does not meet the emission standards.
Sources close to Mr Brown said he had not used the vehicle while untaxed as he had been out of the country.
A spokesman for Mr Brown said: “Keith did not receive a reminder to renew the tax on this vehicle so this was an honest mistake which he has immediately resolved.”
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