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A motor vehicle repair company based in Bellevue has been fined $1,000 by the Midland Magistrates Court for operating without a licence.
Blue Dog Garage Pty Ltd was also ordered to pay costs of $932.74 when the company pleaded guilty to breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act.
The business was informed by Consumer Protection about the requirement to obtain a licence in March 2016 and April 2016, but continued to operate unlicensed until April 2017.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said motor vehicle repair businesses that operate without a licence are undermining the integrity of the industry.
“The licensing laws are designed to ensure that only fit, proper and appropriately skilled people are allowed to carry out repair 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.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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