Consumer Protection

Pair dealt motor vehicle blow

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Licensing Board has issued orders indefinitely disqualifying Khon Meng Wong of Cossom Place Bayswater and Stephen Poyner of Sheldon Road Esperance.

Trading as Berjaya Wreckers, Mr Wong was found to have breached the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act by not keeping proper records of transactions, not providing warranties, and not displaying prescribed forms between April and July last year.

Mr Wong is also disqualified from working in the motor vehicle industry or frequenting authorised premises without the consent of the MVDL Board.

Mr. Poyner, trading as GS Motors, was found to not be a fit and proper person under the Act, for failing to comply with sections 15 and 20 of the Act.

The MVDL Board found he did not have sufficient knowledge of the Act to hold a motor vehicle dealers licence.

His application for renewal of his licence has been refused.

Mr Poyner has been disqualified from working in any capacity in the motor vehicle industry, or frequenting authorised premises until further notice.

The disqualification includes the car hire business operated by Mr. Poyner and known as Hollywood Hire Cars.

Mr Wong and Mr Poyner have the right to lodge an appeal.

Photographers give Supreme Court undertaking

Ifmo-ProPhoto Model Promoters, Peter and Katharina Holz, of Westfield, have given undertakings not to make any representation regarding potential future modelling work unless at least one of the Holz's tells the consumer that:

• having "the look" is just one of many factors that can influence offers of employment as a model;

• many of the people they photograph do not receive any offers of work; and

• whether or not the consumer obtains modelling work is dependent on a particular offer of work, specific to the consumer concerned, being received.

In January 2001, Mr Holz was convicted in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions on five counts of having contravened the Fair Trading Act by making representations about future employment without reasonable grounds.

An appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed in June of last year. A further appeal to the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Western Australia remains outstanding and is expected to be heard in June.

A further set of charges remains pending before the Court of Petty Sessions.

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