Consumer Affairs Victoria has begun disciplinary proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) against Surrey Hills business Wapshott Motors Pty Ltd (ACN: 107 084 560) for alleged contraventions of the Motor Car Traders Act 1986 (the Act) and its associated regulations.
We will allege that the director of Wapshott Motors, James Wapshott, 43, of Surrey Hills, is not, or has ceased to be, a fit and proper person to be a director or licensee, and that the business is being carried out in an unfair and/or inefficient manner.
We will also allege, among other things, that the company:
- failed to lodge relevant transfer documents to VicRoads within the required time, following the sale of two cars
- advertised cars for sale without including their total single price (inclusive of all fees and duties)
- did not correctly complete entries in its dealings book.
We investigated Wapshott Motors following complaints about the company and after our staff found alleged contraventions of the Act during an on-site visit.
The matter is scheduled for a compulsory conference at VCAT in September.
Businesses and individuals found to have contravened certain obligations under the Act, including some of those described above, may face penalties of up to $5,000. VCAT also has the power to suspend or cancel a motor car trader’s licence.