Canning Vale vehicle repairer fined $10,000

A Canning Vale vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay costs of $962 for operating without a licence.

K J & C Thompson Pty Ltd, trading as Autospark Canning Vale in Bannister Road, was convicted by the Armadale Magistrates Court on 8 February 2013.

The Court was told that the business first submitted an application for a motor vehicle repairer licence in June 2009 and was asked to provide supporting documents such as photographic identification of the principals of the business, a police clearance certificate and evidence of business name registration. The applicant also failed to pay the fee. Despite five written reminders, the business proprietors failed to satisfy the requirements and the application lapsed.

A second application was made in September 2011 again without the proper supporting documents and requests from Consumer Protection to provide these were ignored. In February 2012 the business was finally granted a licence but not before it operated for two and a half years without a licence.

While imposing a $10,000 fine, Magistrate King said the penalty reflected the serious nature of the offence.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said that vehicle repairers in WA risk heavy fines if they operate without licence.

“The licensing system for vehicle repairers is essential in ensuring that only competent and qualified tradespeople are employed to work on vehicles,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Consumers should only deal with licensed operators and ask to see their certificate, or look for the distinctive yellow and black sign with the tick of approval.”

Unlicensed vehicle repairers should be reported to Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au .

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Media Contact:
Alan Hynd  9282 0961 or 0429-078791  alan.hynd@commerce.wa.gov.au

 

Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2013

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