Fine for unlicensed motor vehicle repairer (T&P Motor Trimmers / Terence Tanner)

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A Kelmscott motor trimmer has been fined $1,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for operating his business without a motor vehicle repairers’ licence.

Terence John Tanner, trading as T&P Motor Trimmers, was convicted on 10 February 2016 of operating without a licence between July 2012 and July 2014 in breach of the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act. Motor trimming, which involves the repair of the vehicle’s upholstery and interior fit-out, is a class of repair work which requires a licence.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the law has a broad definition of repair work, so all repairers of motor vehicles should check to see if they need a licence or certificate.

“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 Hillyard 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 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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Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2016

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