Car dealer fined for sale of ‘unroadworthy’ vehicle

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A second-hand car dealer has been fined a total of £2,242 after selling a vehicle in an unroadworthy condition that could have caused danger of injury.

William Weatherall, of Private Drive, Hollingwood, was prosecution by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, July 8).

The court heard that Weatherall, 30, admitted selling a Ford Transit Van in an unroadworthy condition on 26 July 2014 as he entered a last minute guilty plea.

Contrary to Section 75 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 corrosion found around the sills, front and rear suspension mountings on both sides and the driver’s seatbelt anchorage point of the Ford Transit was so severe that using the van on the road ‘would involve a danger of injury to any person’.

Weatherall, trading as ‘Junction Motors’ in Pottery Lane, Chesterfield, was fined £675 plus costs of £1,500 and ordered to pay a £67 victim surcharge.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen, said: “We always take action when used car buyers report serious defects that compromise the safety of drivers and other road users.

“Today’s successful court case sends a clear message to dealers that selling any vehicle in an unroadworthy and unsafe condition is a matter we take very seriously and we will hold them to account.

“We would advise anyone looking for a second-hand car in Derbyshire to check our Trusted Trader scheme first. All members, including car dealers, are vetted by our trading standards team and agree to follow the Trusted Trader code of practice.”

Weatherall told the court he had been in the car trade for about 10 years and that he believed the van was in ‘good nick’ when he sold it.

Residents can find a range of consumer advice on the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/consumeradvice and a full list of Trusted Traders at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt.