Used cars fail safety spot checks

Checks on used cars offered for sale to the public by motor traders in St
Helens revealed a number of vehicles to be in an un-roadworthy condition
and not fit for sale to the public.

A joint operation by St Helens Trading Standards and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency was conducted at six used car retailers located in the borough.

The inspections resulted in a total of five cars being issued with an
immediate prohibition notice, preventing their sale until the faults were
rectified. Further checks were made at each business and advice provided to ensure compliance with fair trading laws.

The faults included tyres worn below the legal limit, issues with braking
systems and wheel locking nuts.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Smart & Sustainable Borough, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “These are identifiable faults that have a significant bearing on the safety of a vehicle and I am disappointed they weren’t picked up prior to the vehicles being offered for sale by the businesses concerned. We will repeat the exercise and I expect standards of vehicles offered for sale to the public to improve.

“This operation demonstrates an excellent example of joint working between Trading Standards and The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency which has prevented the sale of a number un-roadworthy vehicles as well as ensuring that businesses are trading fairly.

“Traders must take steps to ensure that vehicles they offer for sale are in
a safe and roadworthy state. Failure to do so endangers not only the
potential driver and passengers but other road users and pedestrians.”

Any consumers who have concerns regarding the purchase of a motor vehicle or require pre purchase advice should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0345 040506.