$10,000 fine for unlicensed motor vehicle repairer (Richard Lenard James / James Smash Repairs)

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A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Busselton Magistrates Court for operating without a licence.

Richard Lenard James, trading as James Smash Repairs of Busselton, pleaded guilty and was fined on 19 August 2014. Mr James continued to operate his repair business without a licence, despite being warned by Consumer Protection which had attempted to assist him in obtaining a licence.

Mr James had applied for a licence in June 2009 and October 2011 but both applications were incomplete and had lapsed.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said motor vehicle repairers have been required to be licensed since 2009, so there is no excuse for anyone in the industry to be operating illegally.

“The purpose of the licensing system is to protect consumers in their dealing with motor vehicle repairers and instil consumer confidence in the industry by maintaining high standards of workmanship,” Mr Newcombe said.

“By being licensed, a repairer has demonstrated they are suitably qualified to carry out the work and are fit and proper persons. We urge WA consumers only to do business with licensed repairers, otherwise they are jeopardising their rights and potentially compromising industry standards and their safety.”

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle repairer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/licence-search or look for the distinctive yellow and black sign with the tick of approval. Unlicensed motor vehicle repairers can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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20 Aug 2014

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