Roshan Singh, now trading as Doncaster Motor Group previously Direct Trade Vehicles, pleaded guilty to safety offences at Doncaster magistrate’s court on 17th November 2021.
After a vehicle sold by Mr Singh had been involved in a serious collision, a complaint was made in February 2019 to the Doncaster Trading Standards Service. Further investigation and an independent motor engineer inspection uncovered serious breaches of safety regulations at the point of supply along with other consumer protection offences, including attempts to restrict a consumer’s right to seek civil damages.
In an Autotrader advertisement, Mr Singh described the vehicle as “a superb example of a Ford Focus 1.6LX” and that it had a valid full years MOT, which it did not. Among several faults discovered were corroded break pipes and brakes with excessive binding. Despite the consumer asking for a refund following the collision, Roshan Singh refused to refund.
Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Enforcement, Councillor Blackham said: “It is fitting that this conviction was made during national road safety week and serves as a warning to motor dealers that the supply of unsafe motor vehicles in the Doncaster area will not be tolerated. Our Trading Standards team look into all allegations about the supply of dangerous vehicles and traders who endanger lives will be dealt with and made to pay. I urge consumers to report incidents to us so we can continue to crack down on these dangerous offenders and make our roads safer.”
Mr Singh was subject to a fine, legal costs and a compensation order for the victim totalling £3439.
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