Maddington mechanic fined for licence lapse (Beemer Motor Workshop)

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A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $5,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for operating their business after failing to fulfil the basic requirements to renew their licence.

Norton Enterprises (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as Beemer Motor Workshop of Maddington, pleaded guilty on 11 September 2014, was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay Court costs of $623.

Beemer Motor Workshop was first granted a repair business licence in September 2010 which expired in September 2013. The company applied for a new licence in December 2013 but failed to provide essential information, such as Police security clearances for the Directors and a credit history report, or pay the required fee.

Consumer Protection requested these supporting documents and the payment be sent, but this did not occur and, as a result, the application lapsed.

In addition to the written request, compliance officers from the Department’s Automotive Branch had visited the business to provide education and advice to assist them in the licensing process. When the business again failed to submit a complete application, further warnings were ignored and prosecution action was commenced. A new licence application wasn’t submitted until May 2014 and was then approved in July 2014.

The company was charged with operating without a licence in breach of the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act for a ten month period between September 2013 and July 2014.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said motor vehicle repairer businesses in WA must ensure that their licence to operate is current at all times.

“Repairer businesses need to submit a renewal application at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current licence, otherwise they risk being in breach of the law,” Ms Driscoll said.

“The application also needs to include the required information and payment in order for it to be processed quickly. Any delay could risk the business operating illegally while the licence application is being processed and approved.

“The purpose of the licensing system is to protect consumers in their dealings with motor vehicle repairers and instil consumer confidence in the industry by maintaining high standards of workmanship. By being licensed, a repair business operator has demonstrated they are suitably qualified to carry out the work and are fit and proper persons.”

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle repairer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/CP/licencesearch 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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12 Sep 2014

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