An Auckland company and its director have been fined a total of $250,000 for selling 69 vehicles in a year without being registered as a motor vehicle trader.
Awan Boueki Pacific Ltd was fined $200,000 and its 55-year-old director Bakhtawar Singh $50,000.
During sentencing in the Manukau District Court, Judge Winter said the prosecution was in the category of “most serious of cases” and the fine was a new record for this type of crime.
A Waiheke Island man was fined $30,000 in July 2014.
Under the Motor Vehicles Sales Act 2003, individuals can legally sell six vehicles in a 12-month period without being registered.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s registries integrity and enforcement team manager, Karla Flood, said the Judge referred to the offending as persistent, premeditated, well-planned and deceptive.
“This sentencing should send a clear message that enforcement action by the Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders will be taken against any individual or company who actively flout the rules and unregistered traders can expect to feel the full weight of the law,” Ms Flood said.
Consumers who purchase vehicles from unregistered traders have less protection when things go wrong.