Fine for selling motor vehicles without a licence (Robert John Broadway)

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A Duncraig man has been fined $2,500 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 31 October 2014 for selling cars without a licence. 

Robert John Broadway had bought numerous vehicles from auction houses and privately between August 2012 and May 2014 and then sold them on Gumtree without having a dealer’s licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Broadway was ordered to pay costs of $779. 

Magistrate De Vries said, while people are allowed to sell cars on Gumtree, Mr Broadway had gone beyond what was allowed under the Act and was competing against licensed used car dealers and undermining their business. 

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the requirement for motor vehicles dealers to be licensed ensures consumer rights are protected and industry standards are maintained. 

“The licensing system puts checks and balances into the system where licensed operators have to prove they have the proper qualifications and be of good character in order to work in the industry,” Ms Driscoll said. 

“Unlicensed operators undermine these standards and damage the reputation of the industry while not being obliged to honour consumers’ legal protections that are enshrined in law, such as offering warranties. 

“Those in the community, who discover they are doing business with an unlicensed dealer rather than a private seller, should report them to Consumer Protection.” 

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer or repairer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/CP/licencesearch. Unlicensed motor vehicle dealers and repairers can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54

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Consumer Protection
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04 Nov 2014

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