Armadale rogue car dealer’s fine cut

AN unlicensed motor vehicle dealer who was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay costs of $563 by the Armadale Magistrates Court about three months ago has had his fine reduced to $12,000 and costs increased to $1058.10.

Joshua Robert Clifford Wayne (23), of Roleystone, had bought 59 vehicles and sold 50 cars from July 2013 to March 2015 without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

He operated from his former suburb of Forrestdale.

On July 30, 2015, Mr Wayne was found guilty in his absence after failing to attend court.

After an application by Mr Wayne to have the original decision set aside, on Tuesday November 3, 2015 he was resentenced.

Magistrate Flynn decreased the penalty for a variety of reasons including the defendant’s young age, modest income and guilty plea.

But Justice Flynn spoke about the consumer protection licensing system being in place to protect the public and that any person who wishes to conduct a business of buying and selling cars must be licensed.

Justice Flynn said he must send a message to others not to do this and that the penalty had to reflect the amount of money that Mr Wayne made through his illegal activity.

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by searching on the Consumer Protection website: .

Unlicensed motor vehicle dealing can be reported by calling 1300 30 40 54.