Hamilton Hill vehicle repairer fined for being unlicensed (Bucciarelli)
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A Hamilton Hill vehicle repairer has been fined a total of $6,000 by the Fremantle Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and employing unlicensed tradesmen.
Bucciarelli Automotives Pty Ltd, trading as Bucciarelli BMW Centre, and sole Director Franco Bucciarelli pleaded guilty to six charges and were also ordered to pay a total of $482 in costs when they appeared on 31 August 2012.
The company and its Director were each charged with operating a repair business without a licence between August 2011 and April 2012. They were further charged with employing three unlicensed tradespeople and advertising their services without a licence. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the Court that the company and its Director had previously applied for a licence but the applications were incomplete and had lapsed. Also, several warnings from the Department were ignored.
Magistrate Langdon rejected Mr Bucciardelli’s excuse for not submitting the paperwork necessary for the licence and said it was “par for the course” in running a business.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the licensing system for vehicle repairers was essential in keeping backyard operators out of the industry.
“The licensing laws are designed to protect consumers and ensure that only competent and qualified tradespeople are employed to work on vehicles in order to maintain high standards of workmanship,” Ms Driscoll said.
“Consumers should only deal with licensed operators and those repairers operating without a licence in WA will be subject to prosecution and could face significant fines if found guilty.”
Unlicensed vehicle repairers should be reported to Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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