Man handed hefty fine for ‘curb­ing’ vehicles

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

A Hum­boldt man has been fined $18,200 af­ter plead­ing guilty to 13 counts of op­er­at­ing as a ve­hi­cle dealer with­out a li­cence.

Kyle Martin was sen­tenced re­cently af­ter plead­ing guilty to the of­fences un­der The Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion and Business Prac­tices Act, which re­quires all ve­hi­cle deal­ers to be li­censed.

The Fi­nan­cial and Con­sumer Af­fairs Author­ity (FCAA) re­ceived in­for­ma­tion last year about Martin’s ac­tiv­i­ties, also known as “curb­ing” or “curb­sid­ing,” ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment news re­lease.

Curbers may pose as pri­vate sell­ers and “com­monly mis­rep­re­sent the vehicles they sell and may not dis­close the ve­hi­cle’s his­tory to the buyer,” the re­lease states.

Li­censed ve­hi­cle deal­ers are re­quired to pro­vide fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity to FCAA, and are sub­ject to in­spec­tions, among other re­quire­ments.

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