Heed ‘no knock­ing’ no­tice

Waipa Post - - News -

Door-to-door sales­peo­ple who ig­nore a home's “do not knock” sticker will be risk­ing a fine of up to $10,000 un­der new rules. And the busi­ness they work for could be stung up to $30,000.

The Gov­ern­ment says it is tight­en­ing the rules on un­in­vited door-to-door ven­dors.

From 2020, they will have to leave im­me­di­ately if told to, in­clud­ing by a sticker or other writ­ten no­tice, or risk be­ing taken to court by the Com­merce Com­mis­sion un­der the Fair Trad­ing Act.

Chiefs of door-to-door busi­nesses that sell on de­ferred pay­ment terms would have to be listed on a pub­lic regis­ter and pass a "fit and proper per­son" test, said Com­merce and Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kris Faafoi.

The changes were an­nounced last week with the le­gal crack­down on loan sharks.

Con­sumer NZ wel­comed the strength­en­ing of do-not-knock stick­ers.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Chetwin said the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been calling for the law change since launch­ing its Do Not Knock cam­paign in 2014.

Since then, 550,000 Do Not Knock stick­ers had been dis­trib­uted to con­sumers to help them shut the door on un­wanted traders.

She said the changes would give con­sumers ex­tra pro­tec­tion from these sell­ers.

"The mes­sage to door-to-door traders is clear. If they ig­nore a 'Do Not Knock' sticker and come on to your prop­erty, they'll end up in court.”

Con­sumer NZ launched the Do Not Knock cam­paign as a re­sult of on­go­ing com­plaints the or­gan­i­sa­tion had re­ceived about the hard-sell and ex­ploita­tive prac­tices used by door-to-door traders.

Many cases in­volved el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble con­sumers, pres­sured to sign up for prod­ucts they didn't want and couldn't af­ford.

Sue said any­one who wanted a free Do Not Knock sticker could visit con­sumer.org.nz and ei­ther re­quest one or print it out from the web­site.

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