NSW Fair Trading have revved up its inspections on the State’s Central Coast, checking under the hoods of more than 180 motor dealers in a recent compliance crackdown.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said inspectors visited 185 traders to check dealers and repairers were abiding by legislation, while ensuring consumers were being put first.
“During the blitz Fair Trading officers issued 21 penalty infringements, which totalled more than $27,000 in fines,” Mr Kean said.
“One repairer copped a $5,500 fine for advertising and working while unlicensed, and another was fined for non-compliant signage.
“In another case, a motor vehicle dealer who was operating without a license was slapped with a $5,500 fine, while a second dealer who failed to maintain a spare parts register and displayed incorrect signage will also now have to pay the piper.”
Additional fines were issued for expired trade certificates, displaying motor vehicles for sale without the dealer’s notice attached, as well as non-compliant business cards.
“While it’s pleasing to see the majority of traders are doing a good job – at the same time there are several businesses who need to pull their socks up,” Mr Kean said.
“This is also about traders improving their understanding of the legislation so they can be confident they’re doing the right thing.
“Fair Trading officers will soon return to the Central Coast to ensure all traders that were inspected during the operation are now complying with legislation.”
For more information about motor vehicle trader or repairer legislation, or for consumer advice, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or call 13 32 20.