Unlicensed motor vehicle dealer resentenced (Joshua WAYNE)

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An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer who was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay costs of $563 by the Armadale Magistrates Court about three months ago has had his fine reduced to $12,000 and costs increased to $1,058.10 this week.

23-year-old Joshua Robert Clifford WAYNE, currently of Roleystone, had purchased 59 vehicles and sold 50 from July 2013 to March 2015 without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He operated from his former home in Forrestdale.

On 30 July 2015 Mr Wayne was found guilty in his absence after failing to attend Court. After an application by Mr Wayne to have the original decision set aside, on Tuesday 3 November 2015 he was resentenced. Magistrate Flynn decreased the penalty for a variety of reasons including the defendant’s young age, modest income and a plea of guilty.

However, his Honour spoke about the Consumer Protection licensing system being in place to protect the public and that any person who wishes to conduct a business of buying and selling cars must be licensed. He commented that he still must send a message to others not to do this and that the penalty had to reflect the amount of money that Mr Wayne made through his illegal activity.

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by searching on the Consumer Protection website:  www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp/licencesearch. Unlicensed motor vehicle dealing can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Nov 2015

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