Hefty court bill for Lye van dealer who labelled un-roadworthy vehicle as in excellent condition (From Stourbridge News)
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Hefty court bill for Lye van dealer who labelled un-roadworthy vehicle as in excellent condition
5:16pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Local
A LYE van dealer has landed hefty court bills after falsely describing a vehicle with major safety faults as being in excellent condition.
Satwant Singh Aujla, director of Merry Hill Van Centre Ltd based in Dudley Road, appeared before Dudley Magistrates on August 15 to answer charges under the Road Traffic Act.
Mr Aujla pleaded guilty to allowing a dangerous vehicle to be used on the road and falsely describing the vehicle as being in excellent condition when it was un-roadworthy and had defective brakes.
He was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £3,250 in compensation to the complainant plus prosecutions costs of £2,500. Three points were also slapped on his driving licence.
The case followed a complaint to trading standards from a South Wales resident who had seen the vehicle advertised on the trader’s website.
An expert motor vehicle engineer concluded the state of the vehicle’s braking system was so serious that use on the public highway would constitute a danger to the user and other road users.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley’s cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: “This sends a clear warning to car dealers who should never mislead customers by falsely describing a vehicle. In this case he put lives in danger due to the serious problems with the vehicle and this is not acceptable.
“People rely on dealers to provide accurate information so that they can make an informed decision when buying a car. Buying a second hand vehicle is an expensive purchase for most people so we would warn people to be vigilant.”
Anyone who believes they have been sold a car that has been misdescribed or who has concerns as to its safety can call trading standards on 08454 040506 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk
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