Motor vehicle repairer fined for trading without a licence (T.I.M Automotive Services / Serugga Bukenya)

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A Landsdale motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for operating his business after his licence had expired.

Serugga Timothy Bukenya, trading as T.I.M Automotive Services, was also required to pay costs of $4,783 after being convicted on 19 June 2015 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act.

Mr Bukenya, who was originally granted a licence in 2010, had submitted a renewal application in May 2013. Consumer Protection required that further information be submitted with the application in order for it to be approved. Three subsequent reminders and warnings were sent but Mr Bukenya did not supply all of the required information. As a result, his licence was deemed to have lapsed.

After obtaining evidence that Mr Bukenya continued to operate his business after his licence had expired, he was prosecuted.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said that it is imperative that licence renewal applications are submitted with the required information.

“Licence renewals are not automatic and applicants need to show that they comply with the criteria that allow them to be licensed,” Mr Hillyard said.

“Operating without a current licence is a clear breach of the law and, as in this case, can have expensive consequences.”

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 displayed at their premises. 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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This court decision was set aside upon application by Mr Bukenya on 5 August 2016

Consumer Protection
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22 Jun 2015

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