Fine drives home se­ri­ous­ness of of­fence

Canning Times - - NEWS -

A QUEENS Park man has been fined $3000 af­ter he pleaded guilty to selling ve­hi­cles from his home with­out a li­cence.

Be­tween June 2016 and April 2018, Ali Hadi bought 66 ve­hi­cles and went on to sell 63, mostly via Gumtree.

Mr Hadi pleaded guilty to breach­ing the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Deal­ers Act dur­ing his Perth Mag­is­trates Court hear­ing on July 27.

He was also or­dered to pay costs of $546.

Com­mis­sioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion David Hill­yard said this ac­tiv­ity was rob­bing car buy­ers of their rights.

“Peo­ple who thumb their nose at the law by buy­ing and selling ve­hi­cles as a busi­ness with­out get­ting a li­cence are a con­stant tar­get for us as reg­u­la­tors of the in­dus­try,” he said.

“The li­cens­ing sys­tem is there to pro­tect con­sumers and en­sure their rights to a war­ranty and other con­sumer guar­an­tees are pro­tected.

“We urge the com­mu­nity to re­port any un­li­censed mo­tor ve­hi­cle deal­ing so we can take ac­tion to stamp it out.”

Con­sumers can check whether a mo­tor ve­hi­cle dealer is li­censed by do­ing a search on www.con­sumer­pro­tec­tion.wa.gov.au.

Un­li­censed deal­ers can be re­ported by email­ing con­sumer@dmirs.wa.gov. au or 1300 30 40 54.

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