Motor vehicle repairer fined for failing to meet licence condition (Stephen Jeffrey Sokol)

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A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with a condition on his repairer’s certificate.

Stephen Jeffrey Sokol of Aveley was reprimanded for breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act and was also ordered to pay costs of $500.

Consumer Protection issued a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate to Mr Sokol in March 2011. In June 2014, the Department imposed a condition that he supplies a current National Police Certificate by April of each year, which he failed to do.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said it is imperative that licence and certificate holders comply with any conditions imposed.

“Licence and certificate holders need to show that they fulfil the criteria that allow them to be authorised and must also abide by any special conditions the Department imposes on either the granting or the renewal of the licence,” Mr Hillyard said.

“The licensing system is designed to ensure that only fit and proper people work in the industry, maintaining standards and protecting consumers.”

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
18 Apr 2017

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