Fine for unlicensed motor vehicle repairer (Ace Auto Air Electrical & Mechanical / Mark O’Malley)

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An unlicensed motor vehicle repairer has been fined $5,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court.

Mark Anthony O’Malley, trading as Ace Auto Air Electrical & Mechanical of Padbury, was also ordered to pay costs of $850 when convicted in his absence on 2 January 2015.

Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the Court that Mr O’Malley had advertised his services for motor vehicle repair work on Gumtree and Facebook between December 2013 and April 2014 without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act. His business included carrying out auto air conditioning, auto gas and electrical work.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said the intention of the licensing system is to provide the best possible protections for consumers.

“The licensing laws are designed to ensure that only fit, proper and appropriately skilled people are allowed to carry out this type of work, giving consumers the confidence that the person they are dealing with has the right qualifications and training,” Mr Newcombe said.

“Motor vehicle repair work has to be carried out with care and skill to ensure the vehicle is safe to drive and standards in the industry are maintained at a high level.

“Unlicensed repair work undermines these standards so I urge consumers to only do business with licensed repairers and to report any unlicensed activity occurring in the community.”

Consumers can check if a repairer is licensed, and whether the licence is subject to any special conditions, on Consumer Protection’s online licence search at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/CP/licencesearch.

Further information the licensing requirements for motor vehicle repairers can be obtained on the Consumer Protection website www.commerce.wa.gov.au/motorvehicles. Enquiries can be made by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Consumer Protection
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05 Jan 2015

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