Man fined over false car repairer certificate application (Chien Kucdit Deng)
Lying on an application to Consumer Protection for a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate has cost a Redcliffe man $2,000.
27-year-old Chien Kucdit Deng was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 March 2016 after pleading guilty to providing a false statement when trying to obtain a motor vehicle repairers’ certificate in February 2015.
In his application to Consumer Protection Mr Deng claimed to have worked for an auto wrecking business for 10 years performing general vehicle servicing, tyre and wheel alignment, wrecking cars and brake and clutch replacement. He supplied a fake letter supposedly from that business to back up the claim that he was a reliable and hard-working and who executed all tasks in a professional manner. The Accused also posed as the repair business when Consumer Protection sought confirmation of the period of employment.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard says it is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 for a person to give false information in relation to a repairer’s certificate or licence application.
“Section 49 of the Act is designed to prevent a person from providing false or misleading information to gain a benefit; namely the grant or renewal of a vehicle repairer’s licence,” he said.
“Considerable trust is placed by consumers in motor vehicle repairers because of their knowledge and expertise. The licensing and registration process aims to ensure that people working in the motor vehicle repair industry are honest and qualified. False or misleading information undermines this process.”
This is believed to be the first prosecution under section 49(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003. The maximum penalty was $5000.
His Honour Magistrate Maughan acknowledged that Mr Deng entered a plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity; however he also acknowledged that people need to know that they can trust a repairer when they go to see them.
Acting Commissioner Hillyard added: “We hope this fine prevents others from providing false information to gain a certificate or licence to work in the repair industry and shows the Consumer Protection is stringent in its assessment of applications.”
Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle repairer is certified or licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp/licencesearch. Consumers should also 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 email@example.com or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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