Aveley mechanic disqualified over no police certificate

Aveley mechanic disqualified over no police certificate

AN Aveley mechanic has been disqualified for failing to produce a police check.

The State Administrative Tribunal disqualified Stephen Jeffrey Sokol and ordered him to pay $500 costs.

He breached the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act by failing to comply with a condition to provide Consumer Protection with a National Police Certificate by April of each year.

In April 2017, Mr Sokol was fined $1000 and ordered to pay costs of $500 by the tribunal for failing to comply with this condition on his repairer’s certificate.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said it was imperative licence and certificate holders complied with conditions.

“Licence and certificate holders need to show that they fulfil the criteria that allow them to be authorised repairers and must also abide by any special conditions that are imposed on either the granting or the renewal of the certificate,” Mr Hillyard said.

“The licensing system is designed to ensure that only fit and proper people work in the industry, with the aim of maintaining standards and protecting consumers.”

Consumers can check whether a mechanic is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website. Or look for the yellow and black sign with the tick of approval displayed at their premises.

Unlicensed motor vehicle repairers can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.