Police crackdown on car dealers
Dealers selling cars that are not roadworthy have been targeted in a crackdown.
Police and trading standards officers involved in a city-wide investigation last week found 22 cars that should not have been for sale.
The vehicles, which had faults ranging from bald and defective tyres to faulty brake lights and excessively tinted windows, will now have to be repaired and pass an MoT test before they can be re-advertised for sale.
Dealers will face a fine of up to £20,000 if they attempt to sell the vehicles before repairs are carried out.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
John Fox, Leicester City Council trading standards manager, said he hoped it would send a warning to the motor industry.
He said: "This was the first set of inspections in our annual programme.
"It has the aim of ensuring all cars offered for sale in the city are safe – not only for sale, but for potential customers to test drive before buying.
"From comments made to us during these inspections, it appears some traders think it is okay to display unroadworthy cars, in the belief they can repair them before they are sold.
"However, cars must be in a safe and roadworthy condition before they are advertised or placed on the forecourt.
"As with all goods for sale, it is illegal to offer an unsafe product for sale to the public."
Inspector Viv Brenchley said: "This was a very disappointing result.
"If used, these vehicles would have posed a danger not just to the driver, but to other road users."