Two state-of-the-art fire engines, which cost taxpayers almost pounds 1million, are to be taken off the road. The Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps engines, bought for pounds 450,000 each three years ago, are said to be too dangerous to drive. Lothians Chief Fire Officer James Campbell said: "There is a high risk of overturning.
In a road test, the instability forced the driver to take evasive action while travelling at less than 23mph." The 18-tonne engines have had a series of modifications since they were purchased with special funding from the Scottish government.
But Lothian and Borders Fire Board are now looking at the possibility of taking legal action against the supplier for breach of contract.
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