Motor vehicle repairer fined $10,000 for no licence (John Spencer Tabb / Tabb Automotive)
A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence.
John Spencer Tabb, trading as Tabb Automotive of Maylands, pleaded guilty on 26 June 2014 and was also required to pay Court costs of $899. Mr Tabb had continued to operate his repair business without a licence, despite several attempts by Consumer Protection to assist him in obtaining a licence.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said motor vehicle repairers have been required to be licensed since 2009, so there is no excuse for anyone in the industry to be operating illegally.
“The purpose of the licensing system is to protect consumers in their dealing with motor vehicle repairers and instil consumer confidence in the industry by maintaining high standards of workmanship,” Ms Driscoll said.
“By being licensed, a repairer has demonstrated they are suitably qualified to carry out the work and are fit and proper persons. We urge WA consumers only to do business with licensed repairers, otherwise they are jeopardising their rights and potentially compromising their safety.”
Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle repairer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/licence-search or look for the distinctive yellow and black sign with the tick of approval. Unlicensed motor vehicle repairers can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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